Fr Hugh’s Homily for 5th Sunday in Lent
In the Magnificat, during her pregnancy, Mary says to Elizabeth that she is blessed because God ‘has seen me in my lowliness’. She wonders that God has paid attention to her, chosen her, even though she would see herself as of no importance at all. In the gospel today Jesus says something similar about his own life. It’s through God, his Father, that he, Jesus, is glorified and through what he is about to do. The recognition of him as Son. But why does Jesus accept this task? What to him and his Father is the purpose of this? What is their being glorified about? And the answer is us. Each of us, each of those we pass in the street. Jesus ends this passage in the gospel by saying: “When I am lifted up I shall draw all men, all people, to myself.” What he is doing in this action, that we are about to celebrate at Easter, is about us, and our world, his creation, but here in John’s gospel he is speaking specifically about his people…..