Gospel – 8/10/20 – John 12:24-26
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”
Have you ever noticed how often an artist, writer, actor, politician, philosopher, aren’t appreciated until the die?
It’s only after they are no longer with us the works they did have an effect. Not to say we weren’t affected at all while they lived, but to really be respected, be recognized, they must die.
And, have you ever been driving through the “amber waves of grain” in the Midwest during the growing season?
There is a lot that has to happen for those amber waves of grain become what we see.
Jesus’ imagery today is very rich – yet stark.
There are two things we can do with grain of wheat.
First, we can store it and eventually we can use it for food. But to do so we have to take it and put it aside where it does nothing.
But, if we take that same grain of wheat and put it in the ground it will die there in the earth. But from it’s death, it will grow a wheat plant that has many more grains – it produces much more through the death of the one grain and it continues to produce.
If you die to the world and become the servant of Christ you will produce much more and in doing so – please the Lord our God.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…