You are invited to the observance of a holy Lent. Join us in reading Holy Scripture and meditating on God’s Word. Each week we will meditate on the Gospel lesson for that week according to the Revised Common Lectionary (a set of prescribed Scripture readings followed by multiple groups of followers of Jesus). The lesson will be accompanied by a single piece of artwork to aid your meditation for the entire week, and that artwork will be the only image in the slideshow above.
Each day, a new meditation, written by a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal parish, will offer insight into both the scriptural lesson and the accompanying artwork. You can download the PDF by clicking the corresponding button.
The Gospel Lesson for the Fifth Sunday in Lent: John 12:20-33
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say– `Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
THURSDAY IN THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
According to verse 24, “…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.”
Sounds familiar and reminds me of the apostle Paul when he said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
In those moments when we die to our selfishness and live into His selflessness, we offer a glimpse of His glory and are available to produce His fruit. In the cool shadow of the cross and in the bright light of His resurrection we are nourished and we produce the crop intended for us according to our individual gifts and talents. Note in the painting that each crop is different as each of us is different.
As we approach the day of His resurrection, may each of us daily offer to Him an increasing number of selfless moments and fruit in which He is well pleased.