Vol: 45, No.20 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) March 18 2018  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength
(Ps 43:1-2)
PENITENTIAL RITE
With the “New Covenant” of Jeremiah the process of covenant making has reached its zenith, for a covenant better than the “New Covenant” could not have been made. The “New Covenant” became such a novel idea in the people-God relationship that newer covenants became unnecessary. When the previous covenants have all failed because the human part of the agreement was always broken due to human inability to adhere to the terms and conditions of the agreement, Jeremiah proposed that in the New Covenant the terms and conditions would be written on human hearts and not on stone tablets. Writing the law on human hearts also means that humans will have the ability to fulfil them. Jesus has fulfilled the New Covenant when he laid down his life for the welfare of his disciples. What can we offer to God for all the gifts that he showers on us? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God...
COLLECT
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed
 
himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns....
FIRST READING
(The new covenant that God is making with his people will be different from all the previous covenants. It will be written on the people’s hearts and not on stones like the Ten Commandments).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah
(31:31-34)

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each man teach his neighbour and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (51)
Response: A pure heart create for me, O God.
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