Gospel of the day

Sunday March 18, 2018

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:20-33.

Now there were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the feast. They 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.


Commentary Saint Augustine
Your faith recognizes what is this grain of wheat that fell to the ground and died there before producing much fruit: it dwells in your soul. No Christian doubts that Christ was not speaking about himself… Now listen to me, you holy grains of wheat who are here, I have no doubt… or rather, listen to the first grain of wheat through me saying to you: do not love your life in this world; do not love it if you really love it, for it is in not loving it that you will be saved… “Those who love their life in this world will lose it.” The one who speaks in this way is the seed who fell to the ground, he who died so as to produce much fruit. Listen to him since what he speaks he has first done. He teaches us and shows us the way by his example. Indeed, Christ did not claim his life in this world — he came in order to lose it, to lay it down for our sakes and to take it up again when he willed… “I have the power to lay down my life and the power to take it up again. No one takes it from me but lay it down on my own” (Jn 10:18). So how was it that, with such a divine power, he could say: “I am troubled now”? How, with such a power, can this Man-God be troubled if not that he bears the image of our weakness? When he says: “I have the power to lay down my life and the power to take it up again”, Christ is shown for what he is in himself. But when he is troubled by the approach of death, Christ is shown as he is in you.