Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 22, 2015

Gospel – John 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, Image result for jesus and the disciples“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me. “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

 

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies…” During Lent, we can actively take part in this verse of the gospel. We can die to self. We can lose our life for our own will to live only for God’s will. We must be like the grain of wheat and fall into humility and then we must be self-sacrificing, thinking of others over our own desires and wants. This sacrifice of self is something that many of us adults have to relearn from time to time as we get focused on ourselves more than others. But having children provides us the constant opportunity to put their needs (not wants) above our own and serve them. After all, our whole goal is their eternal salvation!

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