The kind of death he would die

Today’s Gospel begins with some “Greeks” – Greek-speaking Gentiles – asking to see Jesus. It seems that his mission is succeeding. The Good News is being heard, even beyond his own people. But Jesus sees very clearly that the time of his death is approaching. The chief priests and Pharisees are already plotting to kill him. His words to his disciples are both a warning of what is to come, and a prophecy. Of course, Jesus is troubled by the thought of suffering a violent death, but he chooses it freely, in obedience to his Father’s will. Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, God will be glorified, and humanity will be saved from sin. His death will yield a rich harvest, opening up the way to eternal life for us all. Our celebration of Easter reminds us of the price that was paid to set us free from sin. The way to our salvation is through the suffering of Christ.

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