Serving Jesus

John 12: 24-26
2 Cor 9: 6-10 / Psa 112

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
(John 12: 26)

To be the seeds that Christ has sown
Means dying to our comfort zone,
And all the pleasures we have known. . .
To God be the glory alone.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12: 24-26)

Reflection

To “hate his life in this world” does not necessarily mean to abandon our career, family or responsibilities. It only means to become detached from the materialism of this world; to set aside the pursuit of fame or fortune, which certainly takes no precedence over our eternal goal; and to give up living for ourselves for the sake of others, in imitation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. These we have clearly seen in the life of our beloved former president, “Tita” Cory, who could have enjoyed a peaceful and comfortable life after having served her country selflessly for six years, but instead continued to give of herself in serving God and the least fortunate up to the very end of her life. She was indeed the single seed whose death spawned a thousand seeds of change in the minds and hearts of her countrymen because of her great example.

To die for Jesus also means to go to great lengths in bringing His Gospel values and the Good News of God’s kingdom to others in obedience to the call of mission. That call meant waking up at 3 o’clock this morning for the three hour trip to Mati City, Davao Oriental, where we are holding another BCBP Breakfast Meeting, as a prelude to establishing an outreach of the Brotherhood there. Fourteen members of our Chapter will be going there in two vehicles, and on the way back after the breakfast meeting with businessmen and professionals, we will pass by Tagum City where one of our members is a speaker in the ongoing Christian Life Program of the Tagum Chapter. We hope to be back in Davao City by 3:00 pm today as I will be delivering a message as Red Cross Board Chairman in a Human Life International forum. What a blessed, busy day this is for the Lord indeed!

So, today, dear readers, we ask you to pray for our safe travel to Mati City, Tagum City, and back to Davao. May the Lord bless us with a fruitful mission.

In our first reading today, St. Paul said, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Cor 9:6). In our service to God and to others, we have learned that when we give of ourselves unsparingly, God will grant all that we ask for, and even add a little bonus. But lest we forget, it is not in this life that our Lord means for us to reap a bountiful harvest but in the next. This is the hope that sustains our faith, and what is worth dying for.

Dear Lord, embolden our hearts so that no fear of danger will weaken our resolve to serve You. Thank You for making us understand that it is only by dying to all our selfish desires that we can truly commit our lives to You. Thank You for giving us this wonderful life in the renewal, where we have found the true meaning of Life in Jesus Christ. Amen.

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