Readings: Psalm 6, 12, Jeremiah 15:10-21, John 12:20-26
We have stirring words for the lips of Jesus in today’s Gospel passage from John:
Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me.
Jesus has just entered Jerusalem in triumph. But he knows this earthly triumph will be short lived. He knows the path ahead of suffering and death that he will be the grain that dies to produce much fruit in those who follow him. As his followers, he is encouraging us to do the same. We are called to live sacrificially for others out of our love for the Lord and love for others that has its source in the Lord.
Lord Jesus strengthen our faith that we would be empowered to follow you, to take up our cross daily and by your grace, produce fruit for your Kingdom. Guide us in all things we pray. Amen.