Dying to self

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

He was preaching about dying to self, and he went on to say “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

During this sermon, He also predicted how he will be crucified “Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

Even Jesus, the Son of God had to submit His will to the Father.

What more of us, mere mortals.

It is never to let go of our hopes and dreams and ambitions and desires and wants!

But at a spiritual level, we are all challenged to do so.

Are we addicted to pleasure? alcohol? substances?

Do we need to be in full control of our lives? Believing that for every amount of effort we put in, a favourable result will occur?

Can we live with the oddball people in our lives? Our partners, friends, relatives, children even though they do not live up to our “standards”.

We can only break free from all that bind us when we learn to die to ourselves and allow God to lead.

Let go, and let God lead our lives to bear fruits.

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