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.” JN 12:24-26
Jesus continues to give us the Good News on how to accomplish eternal life with God in heaven (become a saint!). Today, he continues to teach us that we must die to self and put Him on. God has given us the grace to do this at Baptism where we die with Christ and gain a new life. God gives us the spiritual powers of intellect and memory to learn about Him and read His word in the Scriptures, then gives us a free will to choose right over wrong. He gives us the sacraments (Catholic ER) for when we fall or to continually be built up so that we have the strength to die to self and produce much fruit. The fruit is to glorify God in every aspect of our life and bring others to heave with us. When we begin to think of others first and give God His due in worship and adoration every day, then we begin to make sacrifices, put on Christ, and bear great fruit. God made us for a purpose, find it, sacrifice self for others and God, and live each day in peace and joy. Pope Francis said, “It will not be an easy life, but one filled with joy!” Jesus makes it very clear today, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” This is the Good News! Are you willing to make the sacrifice? Jesus did for you. If you take time to think about it, I bet you can find many people around you that sacrifice for you as well. In the first reading, St. Paul tells us, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Give back. God has supplied your every need. Give to others. Finally, Jesus promises us eternal life if we choose to die to self and give, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.” The reward of being unselfish and being a cheerful giver is eternal life.
Today’s challenge: Die to self and give! Spend time in silence for 20 minutes and adore God.
Become a saint!