Jesus puts loss into a new perspective. “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”. Our struggles, our waiting, our trials, our losses, so often cause pain. This pain can lead to the death of ego, a laying aside of our self-centeredness and unhealthy pride. It takes such death for us to open to our new possibilities, open to God’s guidance in our lives, and open to knowing ourselves and others in a deeper level.
Death and resurrection is pictured in this image as the pathway to real, meaningful life. We must constantly be willing to put aside parts of who we are, aspects of our identity we have clung to which now are becoming barriers to true loving service, to building reconciliation with justice, or to humbly connecting more deeply with God, ourselves, and others. Only in doing so can we discover the life with purpose for which we were made.