August 10 – Friday
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
Reading 1 – 2 Cor 9: 6-10
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 112
Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need
Gospel – Jn 12: 24-26
Jesus said to his disciples
The image of the grain of wheat dying in the earth in order to grow and bear a harvest can be seen as a metaphor of Jesus' own death and burial in the tomb and his resurrection. Jesus knew that the only way to victory over the power of sin and death was through the cross. Jesus reversed the curse of our first parents' [Adam and Eve] disobedience through his obedience to the Father's will – his willingness to go to the cross to pay the just penalty for our sins and to defeat death once and for all. When we "die" to our selves, we "rise" to new life in Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to "die" to oneself? God gives us grace to say "yes" to his will and to reject whatever is contrary to his loving plan for our lives. Jesus used forceful language to describe the kind of self-denial he had in mind for his disciples.
Lord Jesus, let us become wheat sown in the earth, to be harvested for you. Give us fresh hope and joy in serving you all the days of my lives. Amen