If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.

† A reading from the holy gospel according to John       12:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you for certain that a grain of wheat that falls on the ground will never be more than one grain unless it dies. But if it dies, it will produce lots of wheat.

“If you love your life, you will lose it. If you give it up in this world,       you will be given eternal life.

“If you serve me, you must go with me. My servants will be with me wherever I am. If you serve me, my Father will honor you.”

The gospel of the Lord.