O Jesus, help me to die with you.
Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.
When Jesus enters Jerusalem for the final time, some sincere Greek-speaking Jews ask to see him. Their appearance is a sign to Jesus that his death, (the hour of glorification) is at hand.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- These Greeks have excellent desires. They want to see Jesus.
- They represent all the people whom Jesus will die for.
- Jesus is a grain of wheat which must die to bring forth a harvest.
- By dying, Jesus does not “remain alone.” The whole human race can rise with glory.
- The seed gives us a lesson. By clinging to our worldly life, we remain alone. Sacrificing our worldly life, we gain eternity.
- If we follow Jesus to the cross, the Father will honor us. What a reward!
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I want to see you.
- O Jesus, you died for the whole human race. We are your harvest.
- Unless I die with you, I can only remain alone and sterile.
- If I die with you, I will live with you.
- Jesus, I will not cling to a worldly life that passes so quickly.
- I will seek your life that lasts forever.
- O Jesus, if I serve you and the Father will honor me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ Today I will die to my selfish desires.
+ I will seek the glory which the Father gives.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
The hour is coming when the Son of Man will be glorified.