From today's Gospel (John 12:24-16):
'I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.'
Jesus, in this short passage, gives us a hint of what is to come with his death and Resurrection. It is also relevant to each of us.
As we live here on earth we are only a single grain, just as Jesus says. But when we die we have the potential to be so much more, as that grain will fall to the ground and the possibility of a harvest becomes real.
Jesus' words are a comfort to us. They tell us that death is not the end. Indeed, he appears to suggest that death is the beginning of something very special.
His death was, of course, a monumentous death as it resulted in the Resurrection. It then reaped a rich harvest with many people believing in him, following him and following his disciples. And that harvest continues to produce wheat, almost 2,000 years on.
We are that wheat. We are the harvest of today and when our time comes to leave this earth we have to consider if our legacy will provide a rich harvest for the world. Will our children and the people around us continue to build up the kingdom here on earth after we've gone?
Ask yourself what kind of example you are setting to those around you and consider what your legacy might be.