The Lost Life

8 Aug

Today’s Gospel has, in my estimation, one of the most profound sayings of Jesus: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25). We also find these words in John 12, where Jesus adds that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if the seed dies, it will go on to bear much fruit.

This is one of those verses we can meditate upon over and over again and still not mine all its riches and beauty.

We can reflect on the “saved life” that ultimately is lost. If we’re all about ourselves and our temporal needs and pleasures, we might seem to be preserving our own lives.  However, in reality we could be “losing” eternal life for lesser, passing goods.

We can also reflect on the “lost life,” which in our world seems like such a waste, yet when it is done for Jesus’ sake–such as by uniting our own sufferings and crosses with His–we find the path to the fullness of life. What a paradox, by daring to give ourselves away in love for God and neighbor, we actually find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

What an awesome God we have!

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