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Dying to this world...

     Today we celebrate the feast of All Souls Day. We pray and remember the people whos 'life [has] changed, not ended' (Preface of the Dead I)  We pray the God will be with them and grant them peace and joy in his heavenly kingdom.

     The Gospel from John today expresses Jesus journey to his Cross. Whenever Jesus speaks about being glorified he is speaking about his death; the ultimate sign of his love for us and his commitment to Gods unfailing will. Jesus initiates the conversation with this remark, " The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified" His life is short, and he is talking to his disciples about it and how they can join him in heaven.

    "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" 

     We are this grain, that has fallen into this world. We have the challenge of dying to Christ and living in the world. We are given this choice; to remain has a single grain or to die and bear much fruit. This world, it filled with sin, temptation, and distractions from God, but that is our challenge; the challenge of faith. That even though these things exists we need stay focused on God. For when we die in this world, and our attractions to it, we can be united with God.

     Imagine that! We will be the grain of wheat that produces 50 fold, or even a hundred fold! We will bear much fruit because we live in God and not in this world. This world will pass, and God will remain- his love and forgiveness will remain. Will we come to live in God?

Will we die to our attractions in this world, to live fully in Christ?


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