November 14

Reflection

In this season of autumn, we see that the plants, after having bloomed,  are now giving seeds for new life through their dying.  Jesus refers to his life of self-giving in the image of the grain of wheat, which dies in order to allow new life to grow. He invites his followers to imitate him in that selfless act of love. In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. We examine our own lives in order to reflect on our relationship with God. What is dormant in me that needs to gestate so that I and others may grow?

Prayer

A clean heart create for me, O God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Action

I will look at my life and find areas where I need to follow the example Jesus gives of self-giving love.

Suggested Reading

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. God will honor whoever serves me.
John 12:25 -27

The key to change is to let go of fear.
Roseann Cash

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Anais Nin

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Tony Robbins

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Julius Charles Hare

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

You can’t go into new life experiences without the understanding that yeah, you may fail, but knowing you might fail can’t stop you from trying.
Alice Dreger

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