I hope you are having a good week in which you have been aware of God’s love and peace!
This coming Sunday, we will read the following passage from The Gospel of John: “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.”
Why would one lose their life simply by loving their life? What does it mean to hate one’s life in this world? What is the point that is being made here? I believe that Jesus is telling his disciples, which in all of us, that to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God (that is, a disciple of his) one must reject the ways of the world and follow The Way that he has shown us. We must reject the way of violence, greed, selfishness, tribalism, individualism, consumerism……. We must follow The Way of love, compassion, kindness, caring, peace, fairness….. We can’t live in both worlds and be a follower of Jesus. As followers of Jesus we choose to live our lives not according to the ways of the world, but The Way of Jesus.
To paraphrase this passage: Those who love life according to the ways of this world will lose life in God, and those who reject life according to the ways of this world will find life in God.”
I hope to see you Sunday!