Like the Grain of Wheat

Deacon Lyle Blackmon

From Our Deacon

We are just one week away from Holy Week when we celebrate God’s love for us in Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. We look at the meaning of what Jesus did for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of the New Covenant that Jeremiah prophesied about.

Christ, Be Our Light

To see Jesus is not just to look at him. To see Jesus is to enter totally into his way of thinking, to understand why he had to suffer, die, and rise again. Jesus told his disciples, “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.”

Of course, the grain does not actually die but is totally transformed into something completely new: roots, leaves, and fruit. Similarly, a caterpillar lets go of being a caterpillar to become transformed into something altogether different and often much more beautiful—a moth or butterfly.

Like the grain of wheat, Jesus has to let go of everything, including his own life, to bring new life to himself and those who believe in him. In the process, both he and we will be transformed. If we cannot see this as the core of Jesus’ life, we have not seen him.

But Jesus says we must have the same way of thinking: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. This, for some, is very difficult to understand. If I love my life, and I’m not talking about my Catholic life, my focus is on me and all that which is external. I must lose “me” parts by being more Christ-like. The second part talks about hating my life and having to keep it for eternity. To sum it all up, it brings to mind what Jesus said when he gave Peter his authority before leaving when he said, “…whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth you loosed in heaven.”

If we want to be close to Jesus, we have to walk his Way, meaning walking with Jesus and with Mary to Calvary, wherever that happens to be for each of us. Amen.

Peace, Deacon Lyle Blackmon

(En Español)

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