Fifth Sunday of Lent

Adam Elsheimer, ‘Glorification of the Cross’, ca. 1600

Here is a link to a full doctrinal homily outline for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year B.

The central idea I discerned is loving life by hating it. The doctrinal focus is the virtue of temperance or selfless self-preservation. A practical application is a personal encounter with Christ.

Here is a brief excerpt:

  • Our Lord always was perfect, both perfect God and perfect man. However, he had a work to accomplish, and this work was completed when he remained perfectly obedient to the Father by suffering everything his Passion called for.
  • We can imitate Christ whenever we want, because we all have sufferings, large and small, that we can offer to the Father. We learn obedience to the Father, who permits us to experience these evils. We reverently offer them to the Father, who can save us from death. These crosses, so offered, perfect us.






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