“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so, remain
close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how you can note
the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.
The Grain Must Fall and Die
Lent 5 Year B St. John 12: 20 — 33
1. “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in
this world will preserve it for eternal life.” (verse 25).
Most of us have had it explained that Jesus is here talking in the Hebrew
style of the day. Thus we are, of course, meant to be grateful for the gift
of life, but are not meant to spend the whole of our time and effort
focussed only on what we think will enhance our life. Do that and we will
see only failure and disillusionment. But if we give priority to the needs
of others, we will find, strangely, that although we might wear ourselves
out for them, or even place ourselves in danger, our life will be raised to
a new level we could not have imagined.
We need to remember that this is a promise from the Lord’s own mouth.
2. “Whoever serves me must follow me and where I am, there
also will my servant be. The Father will honour whoever
serves me.” (verse 26).
Just as Jesus serves the Father, and has a special relationship with Him,
so the disciple who serves Jesus will have a special corresponding
relationship with the Saviour. This is breath-taking and deserves our
3. “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone
to myself.” (verse 32).
These words are a very dramatic way to close off three years of intense
ministry. They sound very full of expectation. A question for Christians
is how often we choose to behold the crucified Lord and consider what
it means to be His disciple.
In our world, success comes, so we are told, through self-development
and self-realisation: through accumulating wealth and being seen to enjoy
it. Even many religious preachers proclaim from every roof-top they
can find to stand on that if you have enough faith you can have or
achieve virtually anything you want.
But that is false religion — certainly false Christianity. If we are drawn
into that kind of fake spirituality we are in danger of taking our sights
off our Crucified Rabbi — our true Saviour. He alone, blessed be He,
was sent to bring us back to our true home — back to the Household of
God, where we belong.