we wish to see Jesus: Lent 5b

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Welcome to scattered and sown, A weekly guided meditation based on the revised common lectionary

This episode is a meditation based on John 12:20-33, the Gospel lesson for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, year B.

Find a quiet place, where you can be undisturbed for a few moments. And, turn off the notifications on your devices.

Get in a comfortable position and close your eyes.

Hear these words from John’s Gospel:

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Those Greeks came for the festival of the Passover. They had come to worship. They had come to celebrate God’s liberation of Israel from Egypt those many centuries before. They had come to remember God bringing His people from slavery to freedom, from homeless to a people with a homeland.

They approached Philip, obviously recognizing him as a follower of Jesus. What do you think it was that gave it away? What is it about Philip that made him look like a disciple?

They said to Philip: Sir, we wish to see Jesus.

Why did they want to see him? Were they curious? Were they ready to commit to being his disciples? Had they heard a bunch of rumors about him, and they just wanted to see the new hot celebrity?

Were their hearts burning within them? Were they so drawn to Jesus and his message that they just couldn’t stay away?

Philip went and told Andrew about the Greeks, and the two of them went to tell Jesus. As non-Jews, these Greeks would have been seen as outsiders in Jerusalem. Unclean. It may be that Philip and Andrew felt like they needed to protect Jesus from them.

Jesus doesn’t care about being protected. He’s about to be the grain of wheat that falls into the earth and dies. And when he dies, he says, he will bear much fruit.

Sir, we wish to see Jesus.

Their request… how can you make this YOUR prayer?

What is it within Jesus that draws you to him?

See him standing before you.

See him there on the week before he dies. The week where he is betrayed and beaten, spit upon and scourged, striped naked and nailed to the cross. See him there a few days before his corpse is laid in a tomb, and a few days before he rises from the dead.

Is your heart burning within you?

See this seed that is about to fall into the earth and die, for us and for our salvation.

What is it within you that draws you to Jesus?

What resistance do you have to Jesus? When are you most resistant to him, his love, and his message to love God and our neighbor?

What is it that draws you towards Jesus and his love, and what is it that draws you from the love of God?

Ask God to help you want to see Jesus more and more.

Stand before God in prayer and say,

Sir, I wish to see Jesus.

I wish to see Jesus.

I wish to see Jesus.

Now, let us pray the prayer that Jesus taught, saying, “Our Father…”

The Author

follower of Jesus, father of two, husband of one, Episcopal priest, with one book down, one blog up...surrounded by empty jars of nutella