On this 5th Sunday of Lent, in the Gospel there were some Greeks approaching Philip requesting to see Jesus. It has been said they wanted to enquire about salvation. Philip and Andrew went to tell Jesus of their request. Jesus answered; “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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.” The great hour of his life has arrived. It is time for Jesus to open the way to God for the Gentiles, and fuse the Jewish and Gentile believers into one body; the church. To do this he has to die on the cross. Jesus uses a grain of wheat as an analogy. If it does not fall into the ground it remains just a grain. However, if it falls into the ground and dies it produces much fruit.
Often we read or hear the Bible and pay no attention to the teachings. Quite often if someone says, I have a tip to get wealthy or be successful in life he gets our attention. We want material riches, status, power, pleasure, longevity. These are temporal things we pursue. We forget that life is fleeting. Have you thought for a moment that you have a life that never ends? There is amazing riches in the life that never ends. How do we get these riches? Stop and thoughtfully see Jesus the Son of God giving us, his children, the answer; “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”
Jesus is going to literally die on the cross. His fruits will be his triumph over Satan and sins. With his triumph will also come mankind’s salvation. He will receive glory from his Father in heaven. Jesus’ road to Calvary is not easy and he struggles with the idea of death on the cross. We know that Jesus has succeeded and he is our example. He has shown us the way.
How can we do what Jesus is teaching? We can do so by dying to our human passion such as pride, and selfishness. We can love God, and love our neighbor as Jesus has taught us even when it is inconvenient. If we want riches and eternal life we have to die to ourselves. It is challenging. However, the Holy Spirit will be there to assist you on the road to eternal riches.
God bless, and may his Holy Spirit be with each of you.
Diaconate Candidate 2024