Cycle B

Good News B18

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

John 12:20-33 New American Bible

John 12:20-33 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

Grains of Wheat

 

          If a seed of wheat remains a seed, it will not grow.  It has to die as a seed in order to grow as a plant and produce fruit.  Jesus was comparing himself to a seed of wheat.  He was going to have to die to produce the fruit of salvation for mankind.  He could not remain as he was and save us from our sins.  So he died on the cross and was lifted up from the dead on the third day.  In this way he saved us from our sins and gave us eternal life in heaven.  

         If a person loves only his life, his way of doing things, and is selfish in every way, he will lose his life.  But if a person does things for others, shares with others, and helps others, he will preserve his life for eternity.  If you follow the greatest commandment, Love your neighbor as yourself.  For instance, you are watching your favorite cartoon on television.  Your Mother comes in from the grocery store.  You have a choice of staying and watching your show, or sacrificing what you want to help your Mother bring in the groceries.  If you make a sacrifice of your time doing something for another person rather than doing something for yourself, this shows your love for them.  You don’t have to give up your life, as Joan of Arc and St. John the Baptist did.  But, you indeed give up a little of yourself to help others If you offer what you do, as a way of following Jesus, then God the Father will honor you as Jesus says, “the Father will honor all who serve me.” Plus the good you do for others, always comes back around to you.  It’s a win-win situation.  When you give, the goodness always comes back to you.

 

Ways to Follow Jesus This Week

 

Monday: Ask God to help you notice someone who could use your help today.

Tuesday:  Today, pray for your Mother and Father.  Obey them quickly today.  When they call you, go right away to help them.”

Wednesday: Sending a cheerful card to your parish priests, thanking them for helping your parish grow closer to God.   

Thursday:  Take the toys you haven’t played with to Crisis Assistance Ministry, Goodwill, or Salvation Army so that others may have toys to play with.

Friday: Tell your friend 3 reasons why you like them. Ask them if they need any help today.  If not, pray for them that God may send them any help they need. 

Saturday: Draw a picture of you, God, the father, the son and the Holy Spirit together. Put the heading, “Dear God, Everything I do, I do for you.” Put it on your refrigerator.

Sunday:  Say a prayer for the people who sit beside you in Church.  Ask God to bless them in a special way today.                                       

 

Say the “Our Father” to thank God for giving his only begotten Son so that you might have life everlasting in heaven.  Show God you love him and choose to follow his Son by what you do and say every day.           

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

 

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