If you are as fortunate as I am, you love your life and hope to prolong it as long as possible. The thought of leaving those we love is painful, to say the least. However, all of us are called to something greater than this life, as Jesus tells us in today’s gospel passage.
Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, “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.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus accepted the passage from life to death and back to life. We all experience the Garden in our own lives. It is life with the eternal God that we must seek, not the passing pleasure of our earthly life. Do we have the vision and faith to accept this? Or are we so comfortable that we prefer this life to the next?
Jesus is our example. He showed us that the grain of wheat that falls and dies can and will produce much fruit.