Serve Me

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.”

(John 12:24-26)

Scripture Study

12:24 This verse implies that through his death Jesus will be accessible to all. It remains just a grain of wheat: this saying is found in the synoptic triple and double traditions (Mk 8:35; Mt 16:25; Lk 9:24; Mt 10:39; Lk 17:33). John adds the phrases (Jn 12:25) in this world and for eternal life.

12:25 His life: the Greek word psychē refers to a person’s natural life. It does not mean “soul,” for Hebrew anthropology did not postulate body/soul dualism in the way that is familiar to us.

Scripture Reflection

There is an apparent paradox here between Christ’s humiliation and his glorification. St Augustine said, “it was appropriate that the loftiness of his glorification should be preceded by the lowliness of his passion.” This is the same idea as we find in St Paul, when he says that Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, and that therefore God the Father exalted him above all created things. This is a lesson and an encouragement to the Christian, who should see every type of suffering and contradiction as a sharing in Christ’s cross, which redeems us and exalts us.

Our Lord has spoken about his sacrifice being a condition of his entering his glory. And what holds good for the Master applies also to his disciples. Jesus wants each of us to be of service to him. It is a mystery of God’s plans that he—who is all, who has all and who needs nothing and nobody—should choose to need our help to ensure that his teaching and the salvation wrought by him reaches all men

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.