1st Reading: 2 Cor 9:6–10
Remember: the one who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for the one who sows generously. Each of you should give as you decided personally, and not reluctantly as if obliged. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to fill you with every good thing, so that you have enough of everything at all times, and may give abundantly for any good work.
Scripture says: He distributed, he gave to the poor, his good works last forever. God who provides the sower with seed will also provide him with the bread he eats. He will multiply the seed for you and also increase the interests of your good works.
Gospel: John 12:24-26
Jesus said, “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 keep it for 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.”
We see Jesus in another foreign territory: the Decapolis. Unlike yesterday’s, today’s is a “hands-on” healing. They asked Jesus to “lay his hands on him.” However, Jesus did more than that; in fact, he seemed to go the opposite extreme! Again, what are we to make of this? Jesus appears to be measuring himself and searching for his style. Does it upset one’s image of him? That might be a good thing. But it need not upset one’s faith. If in his youth he had to “grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Lk 2:52), why should he not have to continue to grow throughout his life?
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