As we are nearing the end of our Lenten journey, our readings today remind us of the goodness that our God
has to offer us.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus announces that the “hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” All that He
came to do on this earth was soon to be fulfilled. When we reflect on what Jesus says in this passage, He tells us
a great deal about how we should be living as disciples of Christ. He clearly states, “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.”
We are called to detach from our own desires and entrust our lives to all that God has in store for us. Without
self-denial, we might miss occasions God has given us to produce good fruit. We have been practicing this
throughout our Lenten season through fasting. One way to continue this effort after Lent is by taking advantage
of the countless opportunities God presents to us to sacrifice our desires for something much greater — whether
waking earlier to spend time in prayer, fasting from a favorite comfort on a weekly basis or taking the time to
check in on a friend or family member instead of turning on the TV, just to name a few. It is important that we
continue to make room for God and the good things He wants to produce in us all year long.
As our Lenten journey soon concludes, may we consider the ways in which we might continue the practice of
self-denial by offering small, daily sacrifices to the Lord.
— Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants