“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.” (John 12:24, The Message)
As disciples of Jesus, our rising springs from the Risen Christ. It is through the witness of his death and resurrection that we are empowered to be the Body of Christ in the world, striving to offer the fruits of justice and peace in all God’s kindom. But this dying and resurrection are not to be taken lightly. As his final hours approached Jesus’ soul was troubled. As are ours when we view the ongoing pain of the world. This Sunday let us hear the words of Jesus as spoken by John, and ponder the path we are called to follow, to indeed be fruits of God’s garden.