Here we are with only one week of school to go until the holiday break. As it always seems to do, time has rushed by. Our new preps have settled in, the swimming program is finished and new staff seem to have been around for a long time indeed.
In worship this week I talked with the students about the love I have for fruit in its many different forms. When I lived in Egypt it was very easy to get fresh food as the fruit sellers would drive their carts full of fruits from outside the city past my front door on a daily basis. Battatich (Watermelons) and boartoan (oranges) were a particular favourite.
The interesting thing about fruit is the choice we have when we eat it. We could choose to eat the entire fruit including skin, flesh and seeds. We can take in all these parts and allow them to nourish our own body.
What we could also choose to do is to put the seeds of the fruit to the side, plant them in good soil and share the blessing of wonderful fruit with others. We can choose to be selfless rather than selfish.
In the reading for this week Jesus tells his disciples why he needs to sacrifice his life. In doing so he plants a seed that will grow into something wonderful.
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds… Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. – John 12:23-26.
It is interesting to note that seeds are often the ugly part of the growing process – small, brown, dirty and hard. Yet it is through seeds that lush, green plants grow, giving foliage, food and oxygen to us all.
While the death of Christ was indeed ugly and unpleasant, that is not what I believe God would have us focus on. Our focus should be on the wonderful expression of love present in Christ’s sacrifice – the fruit of the seed of God’s love. As we move closer to Easter, may God’s selfless act of giving his son for us inspire us to share the good fruit with others.
May the seeds we plant in the lives of others bless all of creation.