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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 31, 2015

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TUESDAY, March 31   Tuesday in Holy Week

John 12:24 Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain.”

Some years ago, a friend of mine asked whether I would rather be hated or ignored. I can’t remember my answer then but I have thought a lot since about the question. Is it better to remain a single grain or to fall into the ground and die?

You have probably heard the saying, “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.” I find it so life-giving that Jesus embraced death willingly and saw beyond the shadows and power of death. Indeed, Holy Week is the great gift to the Church, reminding us that love is stronger than hate, the light greater than the dark, and that death can never conquer life. In the discipleship that Jesus envisions, we who follow him are not afraid to give our lives for others. Jesus teaches us by his own example to trust the eternal love and life of God. Jesus is right and we can trust him on this: “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.” Thank God for that.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mumbai (North India)

Ps 71:1-14; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

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