Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/10

Impulse: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies

Wednesday August 10

Feast St. Lawrence

Gospel: John 12:24-26

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain (Verse 24)

We don’t always understand what love really is.  We yearn to be close to others, we want to find things in common, to blend with them, to become one with them.  When it comes to the relationship between a man and a woman, this desire is sometimes replaced by unhealthy craving and impurity.  Real love is not only dependent on closeness.  It is also about giving the other person space.  It can allow for freedom in the relationship.   Unhealthy craving and impurity, the need to control the other person, the desire to fabricate the unity through human means does not work over time and will result in the destruction of the relationship.

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain

It is a paradox to be sure, but it is true.  Whoever does not want to die remains alone.  A person who seeks to be close, bindingly close, will destroy the relationship.  In contrast, whoever has the ability to let go will find that the relationship is more real, deeper, and not influenced through egotism.  We are continually walking along the path of belief and trust here.  To let go means that our hands are free to allow God, in his supernatural way, to create relationship and unity.  The more we are willing to let go, the more God can create.  The unity that every person seeks is a work of God.  It can only be given through our death.

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain

 How can we live this word?  Let’s begin by discovering the grace that is found in distance, respect, freedom and self-control!  Let’s remain watchful for situations where we want to burden others with our will.  We should trust God, that he will bless us in those situations where we allow freedom for our fellow man.  We will not be left alone; to the contrary, we will find true love and true unity.

 

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