Slow Lent Week 5 – With Jesus in the crowd14 Mar 2018
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Gospel – John 12:20-33 (Sunday 18 March 2018)
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish 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. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say – “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
Gospel readings are taken from NRSV Bible.
This Gospel reading shows us Jesus speaking to a crowd of people. What struck me in the reading?
God glorifies Jesus in front of the crowd. Can I imagine God glorifying me in this way? How do I feel about this?
God’s voice comes for the sake of all the people in the crowd. Can I imagine God glorifying all the people in the world? How does this make me feel about others?
Jesus says God will honour those who serve him. How can I better serve God in this world, to prepare for the next one?
What have I discovered while spending time with Jesus in the crowd this week?
Video clip: Walking in London
(You might use your music or the sounds of the street).
I open myself to let God work through me:
I take a minute to imagine the way God looks on me with love.
I spend time with Jesus so that he may prepare the way:
for me to grow fully alive;
for me to experience a deeper hope;
for me to be filled with new freedom;
for me to follow him.
I ask Jesus to help me grow:
open to others;
compassionate with myself;
faithful in service;
generous with my time.
I call on Jesus:
give me a new vision to know my dignity as a child of God;
open my eyes to discover each person as loved and graced, wounded and beautiful;
show me your presence in every person;
kindle the desire within me to serve with courage;
inspire me to respond to the invitation to love;
renew my relationships;
and make of me a faithful pilgrim.