How can we expect to fall in love with Jesus if we don’t read His Word?

Today Jesus teaches that if we cling to this world, we’ll lose everything at the moment of our death. But if we live our earthly lives serving Him, the Father will honor us.  The best part of this Gospel is Jesus’ own words, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be” (John 12:26).

When I first began reading Holy Scripture, my heart would beat a little faster because it recognized the One it longed for – Jesus.   But I was afraid to follow Him completely because of the unknown.  Yet whenever I would open His Word, He would remind me:  “Do not be afraid.”  

As I write this years later, I am no longer afraid.  I am serving Him, thus the Father honors me.  And I follow Him at each moment, even when my cross is heavy, because I know He is with me, “…where I am, there also will my servant be”  (John 12:26).

How beautiful it is to love Him.  How beautiful it is to be His servant.

Today’s Gospel Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me”  (John 12:24-26).

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