Father's Weekly Message
Only by Death Comes Life
“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.”
One of the effects of original sin in our lives is the fear of death. We are
afraid to die. Even though there is no theological reason for this, there is a
profound truth in this statement. Because we have a tendency to avoid our
daily deaths, we are barred from our daily resurrections. Only through dying
to ourselves can we experience full life. “Whoever would save his life will
lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Lk 9:24)
Here Jesus is not talking about physical death, but about our death to self.
Dying is part of abundant living. We have to die to greed and apathy, to
violence and exploitation, to hatred and sloth, so that we might live. Walls
that protect our comfort zones too easily become reinforced; we excuse ourselves
too readily from being vulnerable to the risks of relationships. Dying
is exactly what we have to do in order to rise to our full stature. It hurts and
we are afraid, yet there is no other way to resurrection.
It is only when a man buries his personal aims and ambitions that he begins
to be of real use to God and others. By the death of personal ambition and
desire, there have been born the most precious things which humanity possesses.
Only by spending life we retain it. Our desire for security and our
selfishness demand to hoard our lives. It is always better to burn out than to
rust out. The world owes everything to people who recklessly spent their
lives to God and humanity. We may exist long if we take things easily, if we
avoid all strains, but we will never live. The people whom this world remembers
with love are the people who served others, who died for others.
In our contemporary society, the idea of selfless service is in danger of getting
lost. So many are in business only for what they can get out of it.
Jesus taught his followers that only by death comes life, that only by spending
life do we retain it, that only by service comes greatness.
Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32