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Gospel: Jn 12:24-26
Truly, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Those who love their life destroy it, and those who despise their life in this world save it even to everlasting life. Whoever wants to serve me, let him follow me; and wherever I am, there shall my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Those who love their life destroy it
The Gospel of Jesus is paradoxical: fruitfulness requires falling and dying. Holding on to life leads to death; letting go leads to everlasting life. All these exemplify kenosis — self-emptying — which Jesus embodies. The eternal Word empties itself in order to become human. Jesus of Nazareth empties himself in healing the sick and feeding the hungry. Our Lord empties his life on the cross for our salvation. In contrast we instinctively do not want to be emptied, but rather filled-in. We want to possess, rather than let go. We want to be in control, rather than be led.

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