Gospel – John 12:20-33
Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,and asked him, “Sir, we would like 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. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me. “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
2731 Another difficulty, especially for those who sincerely want to pray, is dryness. Dryness belongs to contemplative prayer when the heart is separated from God, with no taste for thoughts, memories, and feelings, even spiritual ones. This is the moment of sheer faith clinging faithfully to Jesus in his agony and in his tomb. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”If dryness is due to the lack of roots, because the word has fallen on rocky soil, the battle requires conversion.
From “From Sinai to Calvary” Testimony of Catalina Rivas Part-3:9, 14
9) “Having said ‘Yes’ to the Will of the Father when My Incarnation was announced to Her, and Whose life had been nothing other than a “Yes” to the Divine Will, this Woman will now become the first harvester of the fruit, of the grain of wheat that has died. And for this She will have to be equal to Me in mercy towards the world.
14) “The hour of the Genesis has arrived; the hour to complete the miracle started in Cana. It is the moment in which I must ask Her to adopt John and in him, that She adopt as Her children, all of the children of God, all My brothers and sisters. My way became Her way and She must drink to the last drop of the bitter chalice of suffering. She is surrendering to Her Son to fulfill the Divine Will and She must become the Mother of humanity. Later humanity, represented by My Church, will sing Her praises and Her glory will shine, when the Universe bows down before the Queen of all virtues.
Each week we will be presenting a portion of the following Sunday’s readings, and linking it to relevant parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and messages from the Testimony of Catalina. Pay special attention to the italicized underlined sections. This Sunday it is asked, What kind of soil will you be for the word of God? We hope this is inspiring and educational. Any comments you have are certainly welcomed.
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