AugustiniansSunday Gospel Reflection

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – 21st March

Cross at sunrise.

John 12:20 Now among those who went
up to worship at the festival were some
Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who
was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said
to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23
Jesus answered them, “The hour has
come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 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. 25 Those who love
their life lose it, and those who hate their
life in this world will keep it for eternal
life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow
me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the
Father will honour.
27 “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. 28 Father, glorify
your name.” Then a voice came from
heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will
glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing
there heard it and said that it was thunder.
Others said, “An angel has spoken
to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice
has come for your sake, not for mine. 31
Now is the judgment of this world; now
the ruler of this world will be driven out.
32 And I, when I am lifted up from the
earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33
He said this to indicate the kind of death
he was to die.

INITIAL OBSERVATIONS
Even from a cursory reading,
two distinct parts can be observed:
(i) what discipleship involves, vv. 20-26 and (ii) a
teaching connecting discipleship with
the destiny of the Messiah, vv. 27-33.
There is also a hint of both the Transfiguration (“voice from heaven”) and
Gethsemane (“take away this cup”).

Explore more on this Sunday’s gospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.

YouTube discussion HERE.

Text Notes HERE.