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. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.” John 12:20-26
We Would See Jesus
There are always outsiders and insiders
folks who need shelter folks to keep out
folks who want things to remain as now
people who cannot imagine inclusion.
Even the disciples closest to his presence
even those who were broken and sinful
even those with scars and misdeeds
have trouble opening the holy circle.
Widen our understanding of love this day
broaden our ability to see strangers as family
deepen our love that we will no longer refuse
those who say to us we would see Jesus.
Generations have been shamed into losing
culture, language and many sacred places
violence and isolation tools of indoctrination
used to prepare the outsiders to see Jesus.
May we walk the holy highway of love
may this generations break the abuse of aliens
may we be servants of the living God
whose arms spread wide for all to come.