5th Sunday of Lent
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. 4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb. 5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
Mark Throntveit, a professor of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Luther Seminary sums it up perfectly, "for those of us approaching the end of our Lenten journey in the relationship of sowing, death, resurrection, and fruit-bearing that Jesus shares in John 12:24: 'unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.' May the tears of repentance give way to the joy of Easter."