John 12:20-33 Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish 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. Very truly, I tell you, 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. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
Jesus Speaks about His Death
‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
I give thanks this day for all the ways St. Mark’s continues to help this world see Jesus, from our food collections for CNC, special collection envelopes each month for various social organizations, to collecting funds to build a house for people in need through Habitat, to our faith formation activities for kids – to even the potential of a nursery school that would teach kids so very early that God loves them, we all work to show the world Jesus.
At the heart of all these acts though, is the power of a story to be written on our hearts and in our lives. It’s the story that we will tell next week. The story of Easter, of God bringing about new life for all – it is written in our bones and in our lives. Of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, of taking bread and wine, of being betrayed, and forgiving the sins of those on the cross next to him, of laying his life down so that others might live – a story where we see the power of God’s love to heal us and save us all, from the least to the greatest, it’s God’s story of salvation and justice around a cross. And because that story is written on our hearts and in our lives, so much so here, that when people open these doors, or when they experience us out in the world, they see Jesus through our acts of charity, giving, and love as the very face of Jesus. And for that, I say thanks be to God.