The second group were some gentiles, who were in the process of converting to Judaism—Greeks, as the Fourth Gospel named them.2 They were in Jerusalem for the Passover feast and surely heard of the sign Jesus had most recently performed. Some of them approached Philip, as we heard, hoping to see Jesus.
You and I meet Jesus and deepen our relationship with him in showing mercy, fasting, making prayer personal, in word, in sacrament, in serving and in being served, in all human relationships. Meeting Jesus in word, in sacrament, in prayer, in serving and in being served and in other ways begins to change our minds and our hearts. Meeting Jesus is the beginning of conversion.
- Allow yourself to feel the Trinity creating you.
- Ask the gentiles, who came to worship at the Passover feast, to present you to Jesus.
- Name turning points in your life and tell Jesus how you have been transformed and continue to live that transformation; tell Jesus the one thing you need to do to continue to transform.
- Ask Jesus to give you the grace and strength to do that: to die so to rise anew, to see his challenge as your hope for the honor and glory of new life.
- Close by saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer, which helps us grow more in the image of our Messiah, Savior and Lord.
- See John 12.17-18.
- This gospel did not use this word in a “national” sense; plus, Greek was the common world language. The disciples seemed to have used the word this way in John 7.35.
- His Sermon 10 in Quadragesima; 4th Lenten Tuesday, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours.