Today’s gospel teaches us that to receive new life and eternal life we need to die to ourselves through suffering and service. Salt gives its taste by dissolving in water. A candle gives light by having its wax melted and its wick consumed.
The oyster produces a priceless pearl by transforming a grain of sand in a long and painful process. Loving parents sacrifice themselves so that their children can enjoy a better life than they themselves had.
Let us pray for the gift of this self-sacrificial spirit, especially during Lent. Only a life spent for others will be glorified in this world and in heaven. We know that the world owes everything to people who spend their time and talents for God and for their fellow human beings.
Mother Teresa, for instance, gave up her comfortable teaching career, and with just 17 cents in her pocket, began her challenging life for the “poorest of the poor” in the crowded streets of Calcutta. We see similar cases in the history of great saints, scientists and benefactors of mankind in all walks of life.
They preferred to burn out rather than to rust out. Examples are the Rockefeller Foundation for scientific progress and the Bill Gates Foundation for AIDS Research. We need to spend ourselves for others.
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