It remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). Jesus said this to his disciples in anticipation of what was to come for him. Last Sunday, we heard how Mary – knowing that Jesus’ death was imminent – gave the perfect gift of love at the right time.
This Sunday, we’ll hear the story of his entrance into Jerusalem, and we’ll wave our palm branches like they did years ago in celebration that – indeed – the Messiah has come. We’ll also hear the passion story, how Jesus was betrayed and put to death by those very same people, who couldn’t accept the kind of Messiah he really was. It’s a painful and powerful story. It’s one we need to hear. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Before Sunday, there are two opportunities on Saturday to ponder seeds that have been planted:
- At 10am at the Welcome Table, we’ll remember the life of Gwen Nerrie (here’s a lovely obituary) and celebrate the fruit of the seeds she planted among us.
- At 1pm at Common Ground Farm, we’ll gather for a saunter through the farm, pausing for a collection of interfaith reflections and blessings on the seeds planted there.
We know the pain of death. And, we eagerly await the power of new life.