Anyone who loves his life loses it….

5th Sunday of Lent

In the Gospel of John we find in the early stages, Jesus stating that his ‘hour’ had not yet come (2:4. 7 :6, 8; 7: 30; 8: 20), but from the passage of this Sunday’s Gospel onwards (John. 12: 20-33) we find him telling us that the hour of his death is imminent. He explains His death using the parable of the grain;

‘unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,

it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.

Anyone who loves his life loses it;

anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life’.

These are powerful and paradoxical words. Only through death comes life! It is so easy to fall into the trap to think that everything in the world is about us, and we are the centre of everything!. When we do that, we lose ourselves. It is when we take our gaze outward, that we start to find ourselves. Just as the grain of wheat gives life and bears fruit in death, so too, we find life and give life when we are prepared to die to self-interest and be truly concerned for others, and for doing God’s will. Only when we bury our personal ambitions can we be selfless servants of the Lord and his kingdom. By abandoning self-interest for the sake of God, for the sake of our family, for the sake of our neighbour, for the sake of our work, we become wholesome servants.

It is a paradox that has to be discovered to living it…..

God bless, Fr Michael

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