A Grain of Wheat (partial reblog)

I posted this monologue based on John 12: 20-28 earlier in the year as part of our Holy Week reflections, but I'm posting it again as we head into Harvest Season - we'll be using it this morning as we meet for communion in the light of some difficult news I have to share with the congregation -  more on that in due course...


I’ve followed him from the day when John the Baptizer pointed him out to us… Following him has never been straightforward… But things recently have just been plain confusing… When we entered into Jerusalem it seemed as if everything was coming together… Some said it seemed as if the whole world was at his feet… though that was probably stretching it a bit… But then some Greek speaking Jews asked to meet with him and we realized that this was now bigger than we had ever imagined…
But he didn’t seem to see it that way… yes he seemed to think it was important… But he started to talk sowing seeds and reaping more… I suppose with it being the harvest season it brought it to mind… and it brought me back to my childhood days… sowing seed and following the plough… but it then became clear that he was talking about death and dying… and how we who were following him should be ready to die if we are expecting any eternal rewards…
When I started following him it was because I thought that he was the one who would make all things right… Take away the sin of the world, as John had said…
Now? I’m not so sure. How could his death, or ours make a difference? What good could grow from such a seed?

Selah

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