Do You Want to See Jesus?

This Sunday is the final Sunday before Holy Week, which begins next Sunday with the Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.

Today, let’s focus our attention on the nearness and coming of the hour of the glorification of Jesus. The glorification of Jesus refers to his suffering, death, and resurrection, all for the life of the world. Jesus had told his followers that he would lay down his life for them, like a good shepherd willing to die for his flock.

The Scripture this Sunday all speak of the time and with a fitting connection with Jesus coming to his hour”.

  • Jeremiah the Prophet says, “The days are coming”
  • The Letter to the Hebrews speak about “During his life on earth”
  • And the Gospel announces “Now the hour has come”

The Gospel teaching is very clear: If Jesus had to die to bring others to life, the disciple of Jesus must pass through death to self in order to attain eternal life. This is the heart of Jesus’ words: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:43). This is parallel to the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel passage: “If anyone serves me, he must follow me” (John 12:26).

Lent will not be complete without one confessing one’s sins. Most if not all do not like this humbling experience. But we must do so if we want to follow Christ; if we want to see Jesus. Just like the Greeks, many want to see Jesus. We too want to see Jesus.

“Sir, we want to see Jesus.” If this is your request too, then look at the cross and carry your cross. For the cross frees us from sin, death, and the devil. The cross brings us to God’s kingdom. As C. S. Lewis puts it:

“There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch , every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. We are either living in God’s kingdom or in Satan’s. We are either serving God or serving our sinful desires and the ruler of this world. Jesus died on the cross to free us from our sins, and to claim us for his own, to transfer us from one kingdom to another. From the kingdom of sin, death and the devil, to the kingdom of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. This is what the cross did for us.”

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Abbot Christian Leisy, OSB;