Feast St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr,  Thursday, 10th August,2017  (Jn 12:24-26)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Service with Love?: In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies , . . . it cannot yield a rich harvest. . . Those who serve Me, My Father will honour him.”  Ponder on your experiences of serving God and ask yourself, “When I serve God with love, do I not reap arich harvest?” But, if I serve with pride, do I not feel anxious?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In all truth I tell you, unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

‘Whoever serves me, must follow me, and my servant will be with me wherever I am. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Unless we are willing to die to our needs and to ourselves, it is unlikely that we are receptive to God’s Truth and be open to living a Christ-like life.

  • If we are unwilling to die to our selfish pride, we can never truly love someone with all our heart and expect to reap the ‘rich harvest’ of love.

  • We must be willing to sacrifice and be detached from everything for God and out of love for Him. This is never easy, but if we have such desires in our hearts, then perhaps, this is our first step towards truly serving our Lord.