Fifth Sunday of Lent: Carry The Weight Between the Mountains & the Sea

 

If there is a light, it will find you. Next week, there is going to be a major event for me and I hope that it will go smoothly because of the amount of effort that have been put in. I know that by placing it in God’s hands and surrendering all to him, his will can be done.

The gospel opens by saying, “Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”

Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die (John 12: 20-33).”

Dying to self is a concept that has been repeated throughout Lent and it is also the most difficult to do so because we do not strive to do the Father’s will. Gaining the Father’s honour means turning away from sin and cleansing ourselves spiritually.

Only then can we follow Jesus and become witnesses of service to him. Producing fruit starts from within where we make the conscious choice everyday to do so. In doing so, we can do more, but not to seek anything in return. Therefore, whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. May we always seek to follow Jesus and when he calls us, may we respond with an affirmative, “Yes, let your will be done and not my will.” Together we can carry the cross that has been marked on our foreheads since baptism and carry it in knowing that whether we can climb the highest mountains or raging seas, Jesus will always carry the cross with us, and beside us.

God Bless as we continue to keep this aspect in our prayers so that we can be of service and to follow Jesus, always.

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong

 

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