It is a fact of life; from the time we are born we are destined to die an earthly death. This is something that we cannot change. The fact that Jesus says in the gospel this week “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” is an awareness of this fact: since we all will die, that we all have the opportunity to produce much fruit. Just like Jesus, we know that we will die someday but are also aware that we have the potential to live in the process, thus producing much fruit along the way.
But are we truly aware of this potential every day? Even some days? I know at times, that I am not aware of my living or dying, but it seems as though I am going through the motions of day to day living. Something occasionally does call me to this awareness; such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a cherished possession, or feeling an emptiness or longing for something inside that just seems to be missing.
Lent (which means spring) is a perfect opportunity to look at one’s own personal dying and rising. Watch the bulbs and trees coming into bloom. They’ve lain dormant all winter, ready to burst forth and bloom. Take a ride in the country and watch as farmers plant their fields. Think about the potential of each and every one of the million seeds that are planted. God does!
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Because “If today is about dying a little, how am I living to produce much fruit, today or for the future?”