Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for
the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of
wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it
dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those
who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever
serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”
Water it! Save it! Don’t let it die! Isn’t this our classic first response?
It is only after we realize we have no control over the situation that we let go and let die. This is where fruit is harvested. When we let go of control, we can see so much more in the situation. We notice details. We appreciate the smallest things. Each moment of life becomes as precious as if it is the last.
That which we love in life we lose and grieve. If we didn’t love, the loss would not be measured. The day would pass with no recognition.
It is because Christ first loved us, giving his life for us, that we can love one another as we love ourselves. If we are filled with hatred, we cannot love, because we have no love to give.
GIVE LOVE this Holy Week to those filled with hatred so they, too may see the love of Christ.