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The Hour Has Come! John 12:20-33

The Hour Has Come! John 12:20-33

Dear friends,

In our gospel, Jesus announces," The hour has come for the son of man to be glorified." But this glorification will take place only after his suffering and death on the cross...thankfully, Jesus is ready to suffer everything for our salvation.

Here, Jesus commits himself to the road that leads to the cross, he commits himself to identify fully with the pain and suffering of this world.

In this week's readings, Jesus uses the example of a grain of wheat that only produces fruit when it falls to the ground and dies.

Here, Jesus challenges us all to be open to change and shows us through his example and his word that i
t is only in dying to ourselves that we begin to live.

Like the candle that must be consumed in order to give light, so also, we must learn to give of ourselves, to die to ourselves, in order for others to live. In so doing we make our own lives more meaningful and fruitful.

Then we share fully in the life of Jesus- A life of total self-giving.

Unfortunately, many of us don't want to follow his path.

However, Jesus invites us to be strong along this path of life.
Jesus invites us to be ready to endure as he did.
Jesus invites us to find new courage to press on in the midst of trials, persecution, and even doubts.

We are all encouraged to confront the reality of suffering in the world and in our own lives.

Whatever its cause, and even if we don't find the answers, we can always find ourselves face to face with God and hear him saying," I know what you are going through...That is why I came...In your life, I will glorify my name."

During this Lenten season, may the Lord glorify himself as we give of ourselves in helping and loving our needy brothers and sisters.