Herald Journal Columns
April 14, 2003
Pastor's Column

May we show the world Jesus through the way we live

By Rev. Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

In the gospel for the fifth Sunday of Lent, some Greeks come to Philip and tell him "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."

I wonder how many people throughout the last 2000 years from around the world have said the same thing at one time or another in their life. "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."

The word is passed from Philip to Andrew, and from Andrew to Jesus. How does Jesus answer that request of wanting to see Jesus.

Did he call them over? A simple enough thing to do. Did he walk over to them? Something also he was known to do.

No was his answer to the request "We would like to see Jesus."

He talked about his passion and glorification, of dying and rising, of planting the seed and it coming to new life.

Whoever loves his life will loose it, whoever hates his life in this world preserves it to life eternal. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am there also my servant will be.

We are now entering spring after a long winter. Our world has been dead and now it awakens. The spring flowers are peeking out of the ground giving us hope of new life and blossoms for Easter.

The world died and is rising. The farmers are anxious to put their precious seed, which they spent good money for, into the ground.

Not to throw away its value, but to make it more valuable, to bury it and put it in God's hands so that He can make it rise to a new life, a glorified life different from the seed. But a life which will bear great fruit.

We, too, have been in Lent to die and to rise. To die to our selfishness and sin and to rise to virtue and grace. To die as a sinner in the likeness of sin and to rise as a saint in the likeness of Jesus.

To follow Jesus, his teachings, his attitudes, his mercy, his compassion, his sense of justice, his caring for the poor and the needy, his love and self giving.

Where Jesus is there also will be his servant.

Our world wants to see Jesus, it needs to see Jesus, it needs to see Jesus in hostilities and war ­ to find brotherhood and peace, it needs to see Jesus to learn compassion and understanding, it needs to see Jesus to hear His words, to find His hope and new life, to find his healing touch and forgiveness.

Our world needs to see Jesus.

"Where I am there also will my servant be." We are made in God's image and likeness, we wear the name Christ as Christians, we are the image of Jesus.

Let us turn from our sins, let us turn to Christ, and let us through our lives show the new hope for life after death.

Let us show the world Jesus.


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