Posted by: livingscripture | March 18, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18, 2018

WORD of the DAY 

 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.  (John 12: 24-26)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus compares himself to the grain of wheat that manifests its life force precisely when it falls into the earth. Choosing to fall, He chooses to die to communicate His life to everyone: He does not remain alone, he does not remain the only one. Jesus teaches us that the seed that wants to conserve itself loses its quality as a seed; it is no longer what it should be; it no longer communicates life. A life is such because it gives itself; a life that does not give itself and closes in on itself is sterile: always!

Lord, grant that I may not be afraid to give myself, to have no fear of death, but that I can become the channel through which You reach others!

 

The voice of Pope Francis

To you (young people) who are at the beginning of the journey of life, I ask: “Have you thought about the talents that God has given you? Have you thought about how you can put them at the service of others? Do not bury talents! Bet on great ideals, those ideals that widen the heart, those ideals of service that will make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to cherish it for ourselves but is given to us to give it. Dear young people, have a great soul! Do not be afraid to dream big things” (General audience of 24 April 2013).

 

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