One way to look at the image of the wheat grain, dying in the ground before sprouting and producing a crop, is an illustration of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Jesus understood that the cross was the only way of conquering the evil powers of sin and death.

This 5th Sunday of Lent allows us to reflect on the importance of dying, living, loving, and sacrificing. The wheat grain falling into the ground symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. It reiterates death and rebirth, emphasizing that life emerges from the generosity of self-giving.

Who among us is free from dying? Who among us could say I have never experienced dying? All of us did! Dying, in my point of view, is like getting in touch with Jesus personally. Because there is life in it, in this instance, it is not the end. Jesus died on the cross to save everyone. It is a mean of renewal that follows, not the height of His existence.

We can even ask the Lord, “Lord, why me? Why is life full of hardships for me?” The Lord will reply, “That’s how I love you, those who follow me.” to which we may respond, “That’s why few people are making friends with you.”

Jesus ways are different. Dying to oneself. In our gospel reading, we are reminded to have a love that is self-sacrificing . Every person, including the farmers, understands that wheat should fall to the ground and will eventually grow an enormous harvest. Something happens when one dies; there is a new life, a rebirth.

Jesus challenges us. We cannot be selfish because it is not good for us and others. As we all know, God loved the world so much that He offered His one and only Son to be with us after which He suffered and died to save us.

It is to forget one’s convenience to give life to others. It is dying of our self-worth to be able to share love. And loving unconditionally is painful, to die for oneself. It’s comparable to a candle that becomes smaller each time it is lit but still produces light. It is the worth of giving, of loving.

The Holy Week is almost here. Now is a perfect time to consider Jesus’ suffering and endurance before He came to our redemption. He is the one who brings us life—the wheat that falls to the ground. His death saves you and me significantly.

Can we serve others in the same way? We are then invited to sow the seeds of compassion and love, and of charity. Let every act of kindness, no matter how small, serve as an inspiring reminder of our love for one another and our sincere desire to create a better world for all.