Friday, September 7, 2018
Jesus answered some Greeks who had come to see Him, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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 …”– John 12:23-24
To these Greek seekers and to His disciples listening in … Christ explains the process of His glorification. He will die but yet He will come alive in those who live on following His ways in the manner of His person. He will be the seed and we will become the field of grain, and the harvests will continue forever.
In a certain way, I pray I will express the glory of the Lord in my own life, pouring the grace and mercy I have received into that barley field of life. I pray my life will now become part of many lives … just as Christ became part of life and so many others like me. Our reward of glory, our own glorification in the Lord will be found in future fields of barley, golden barley dancing with the wind, ready to be harvested to feed a hungry world.
By its nature Christian Love is a self-giving Love that invests itself in the lives of others. It is in the giving that experience that subtle, unspoken sense of glory knowing that we did not remain merely ourselves but a part of so many others. Our sense of glory is not to be found in “Look at me” but rather in the prayerful joy, “Behold them”. And in beholding that field of beautiful, providential grain we behold the Presence and Work of the Lord as well.
Yes, the life of Christian Love is the investing in that harvest field.
Always in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz