“If a grain of what falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest”
In the Gospel account this week we hear how Jesus for-tells His sacrifice but also tells us we too can have the best impact and richest harvest when we are willing to make sacrifices for others.
Normally at times I feel very happy in being independent and leading as part of my vocation but at times it is healthy being brought back down to earth by being totally dependent on others. I found this recently having being involved in an accident whilst skiing with friends. Having being knocked out for between 10 and 15 minutes and flown to hospital, with some significant gaps in my memories of events, I suddenly found myself totally dependent on others.
It has given me a new found love and gratitude of the things we take for granted – movement, independence, energy. I have also had to learn to stop to gather strength and rely on others. I am eternally grateful to my loving family, brother and wife who have called me to task in getting me to listen to them and recover too.
Lent is about a journey to put your life in order and maybe this, in an unexpected way, has made me do this. We have to ask what we live for and what we are willing to die for. So many of us, as parents, will say our children and spouse comes at the top of these lists. Jesus gives us a message of life, light and hope and for me this is what Easter is all about.
In the simplest way possible when I saw this video at the weekend celebrating World Downs Syndrome Day this says it all… God has made every one of us special and precious and this in itself is life-giving. Please do something special to celebrate it this Wednesday.