5th Sunday of Lent

This Monday, March 19th from 5:30-7:00pm is our final Keep the Light On. St. John the Baptist and all the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual confessions. During this 150th Anniversary Year, we invite all of the Catholic faithful of our Diocese to renew themselves spiritually through this great sacrament of God’s mercy as we celebrate the great legacy of our local Church.


March 18, 2018


Just as the prophets and the psalms proclaimed the true way to know and follow God, Jesus shows us in his teaching and in his life how we are to love and serve God and each other. The letter to the Hebrews speaks of Jesus’ reverence for God that manifested itself in obedience and suffering, not for its own sake, but for ours and for the glory of God. This mutual love of God and humanity is made perfect in Jesus, and we begin to see how our suffering can serve others and give glory to God. Our work and our prayer are to be for the good of all, not just for our own benefit: “I will draw everyone to myself” (John 12:32). Jesus’ goodness and his sacrifice attract us to him and show us the enormity of his love and care for us. He held nothing back that could help us find God.

“Where I am, there also will my servant be” (John 12:26). We look to Jesus for our help in loving God and each other, in giving glory to God and service to others. Our glory and honor lie in serving God and our neighbor with love and reverence.

Spiritual agriculture

What have you surrendered to Christ: your talents, time, treasure? Anything and everything we possess can be transformed by the resurrection power and love of Jesus Christ, if we will simply let go of our hold on it. Once we have placed those “seeds” into Christ’s hands, who knows how many lives will be touched, how many hearts will come to God? Sadly though, we most tighten our grip, surrendering only those seeds we think we can “live without”. In John 12:20-33, Jesus gave His formula for changing the entire world, that has touched millions of hearts to the present day: “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground and dies, it will not produce fruit.” He was not only speaking of His crucifixion, but the “little death” each believer must agree to, burying their will, sacrificing themselves as spiritual seeds, sown to multiply the kingdom.