BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB
It is the time of the Passover. People are coming to Jerusalem for the Passover. The most important word is "hour".
This is the culmination of His mission on earth. His "hour" has come. At the wedding feast in Cana, He told His Mother that His HOUR had not yet come.
The "hour" has now come for the Son of Man to be glorified. We need also to note that while this "hour" is the culmination of His mission, it is also the condemnation of "this world" and its ruler. Jesus will conquer sin and death. His "hour" has come.
And then there is the much quoted "grain of wheat" text. Do we know what it means? The same image is used in 1 Corinthians 15:37 and speaks of the Resurrection. For believers, the message is that the plant which emerges has a body different from the seed that was buried.
I am called to respond to the word "hour", firstly because it refers to the culmination of Christ's mission on earth, secondly because it refers to the definite conquering of sin and death, and thirdly because it is linked directly to the words which John's gospel puts on Christ's lips on the Cross: IT IS ACCOMPLISHED.
Lectio - The hour has come