Our loving example
From today’s Scripture: “‘Unless a grain of wheat fails to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat.’”—Jn 12:24
Life is a series of dyings. We die to our own needs sometimes, like the young mom who hears the crying of her baby at two in the morning. She dies to her desire for more sleep to attend to the needs of her child.
A child who dies to the desire to play more outside in order to visit an elderly neighbor might just make that old person’s day. Jesus died for us so that we may rise to newness of life. Jesus is our loving example. We call this the paschal mystery, dying to rising: to have life we must die first. This may sound crazy, but it is the road to the eternal.
Let us pray: Lord, you have filled us with your love. Help us to follow your example by at times dying to our own needs for the needs of others.
Today’s author is Glenmary Father Vic Subb, a member of our Development team. This reflection is also in Spanish, available by email.