Seeds appear to be as dead as pebbles yet are mysteriously filled with life. I find it amazing how the seed’s life only becomes evident when it has been given over to the elements, hidden in the soil. If the seed is to live, it must first die.
Life through death, gain through loss, keeping by giving away, these are themes of Jesus, shown through his own life and death. Jesus, too, was the mysterious buried seed from which “the green blade rises.”
Jesus does not ask us to treat the precious gift of life with contempt. Jesus does ask us to know that we only discover the true value of our lives when we see his life given for ours on the cross. Then, as people in whom Christ now lives, we are invited to reveal to others the value of their lives, by our loving giving away of our own.
Help me to give my life away, Lord Jesus, so that, in the giving, someone else might discover the value of their own. Amen. — TT