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 honor.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
If you’re like me, the image of a grain of wheat falling to the ground and dying prompts uneasiness. Sure, if the grain dies, it bears fruit, but the cost seems illogical when I apply this to my own life. The world rushes in to warn me that the cost is not worth it: “rather than ‘hate’ your life, shouldn’t you ‘love’ your life and live it to the full?”
Indeed, when we choose to serve others, we choose to adhere to a different logic. And we risk looking illogical in the world’s eyes. But we also stand to gain the fullness of life. Why? Because Jesus reveals to us the true logic of the world: self-emptying love. When we follow Jesus and live according to this logic, our hearts are set afire and we become our truest selves.
Today, where am I being called to live by Jesus’ logic?
—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.
St. Lawrence, generous patron of the Church’s poor, protect all who are poor in every corner of the world. May they feel the practical love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.
Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful. and protect her rights and property.
May we serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body. Amen.