Tuesday April 19 John 12:20-26
Within this brief passage of Scripture we find a central sacred truth of spiritual life and a key understanding of Holy Week. “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Jesus is about to give his life so many can live.
At the same time he reminds us of the ‘upside-down’ process of spiritual formation and discipleship. It is the ‘first who will be last and the last being first’ principle. We must give our lives to find real life.
It is the image of baptism that takes us under the water in a symbolic act of death so we can arise from the water in the glory of new life. It is about sacrifice and surrender. It is about discipleship that counts because it costs. It is about offering our very best before the Lord. We offer our best in a personal commitment to pray. We bring our best in our desire to serve the world. And our best in the way we share our resources so the ministry of the church can flourish.
These are the challenges and the joys of Christian life. Are you experiencing the full joy of your faith?