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.Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
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To let the seed die so as to provide beauty and food, to obey my trustworthy and loving Master even though it costs me my life, to refuse to embrace, i.e. to hate, values other than God’s– we do all this so as to have a thoroughly joyful and completely happy life eternal.Such is the wisdom of Jesus which calls us to life. Jesus preached this wisdom, and lived it out of conviction. St. Lawrence joyfully grasped the opportunity to do likewise.“To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause…to finally reach the unreachable star”.
–John Kilgallen, SJ, a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit, is emeritus professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.
Lord, you tell us not to focus on the worries of tomorrow. Could it be that by sacrificing the moments of the day by contemplating the “what if” questions of tomorrow, we miss you in the NOW moments? Lord, we desire to stay in the present so we can rejoice in your presence. We ask for your divine guidance to help us plan for the future but to be fully aware of the seconds.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team