When you become immersed in reading and reflecting the Gospel, you will note that living in this world is full of contradictions. In other countries, with the cyclic nature of the seasons you don’t always feel sad when winter is coming, because you know that in a while the birds start chirping and it’s the start of spring once again.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” (Jn. 12: 24-25).
In these verses, our Lord emphasized the need to look beyond our temporal life here on earth. Here our good deeds done for love gain for us blessings for eternal life. While it is really Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice that saved us from death, we are required to participate in His work of redemption. That’s why life should always be put in perspective. As pilgrims, it is important that we shouldn’t get distracted in the views and sights we see along the way. Lest we fall by the way side.
The message of the Gospel is also about us dying to ourselves in order to gain eternal life. Never counting the costs of loving God and neighbor. Or standing up for our faith when the situation calls for it.
When I was still a little child I remembered that when I went to the school library for the very first time, I got so engrossed by the big collection of books I saw inside the shelves that I lost track of time. I checked on every title and publication that I didn’t notice it was already getting dark. It was past beyond my time to go home, that I had to explain to the folks at home that I was inside the library.
At times our lives can get a turn like that. We become so engrossed with earthly concerns that we forget attending to God’s business, when it should be top priority, or Job No. 1.
During this Lenten Season, let’s do Jesus a favor. Let’s spend time in the Blessed Sacrament and commune with Our Lord and Savior. He deserves our time as we prepare ourselves to commemorate His Passion, Death and Resurrection — the ultimate proof of His love. He deserves no less.