“Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest”.
The grand purpose of our existence is found in our co-existence with others. Life is given to us so that life can be given through us. We are born as individuals, each purposefully unique, to fit into the grand artwork of eternal salvation. The prize of our own individual salvation will be lost if we seek only to win salvation for self. We co-exist for one reason only; to help the other person claim the promise of eternal life.
The message of today point us towards the rich meaning of our existence. Carefully internalized, it tells that each of us, as a single individual, have the potential to positively impact the many lives around us. Our impact can be so powerful that it is so far-reaching, touching even the lives of people we will never meet. We are like a single grain of wheat that can yield a rich harvest.
But first we must fall and die. We must learn that our role in this ‘co-existence’ is to play a servant’s role in the lives of the others; service before self. To be a servant requires us to fall off the high pedestal of self-importance and fall deep into the grounds of humility so as to die to self for the sake of others.
“Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life”.
In this world. It is tough to go against the grain of our human nature. This nature, perhaps driven more by fear and uncertainty, rather than selfishness, gravitates towards being self-loving and self-serving. It clings to being self-concerned and self-interested. Social media today may shape us to become more self-absorbed. It is also easier to look for immediate self-gratification. We must die to all these to release the seed in us.
For us to die to self for the sake of others, we must first give away our life so that others will receive life through us. There is a simplicity in this giving of life. The time we have on earth is the amount of life we have. Simply put, when time runs out, life ends. Service for others require that we spend time for them. When we give time, we give life.
The grain of wheat is tiny but every big harvest starts from a tiny seed. Our life can be used to impact the world. This is how enormous we can be. But we cannot do it on our own. When we choose to fall from the pedestal of self-importance to embrace the call to become a servant to all, we surrender the seed in us to be germinated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we fall and die to self to be servant to others, we allow the love of God to flow through us to the touch the hearts of others. We plant the seeds of the Good News so that we will journey on to embrace eternal salvation together. This is the grand purpose of our co-existence and we must fall and die to become this servant.
“If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him”.
5th Sunday of Lent