In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” I would love to see a study of how many times Jesus refers to plants and seeds and fruits to explain himself and the Kingdom of God. Has it ever dawned on you just how creation speaks of the Creator? The goal in all of nature is life! Every living thing in creation is designed to reproduce. Every plant, every tree, every shrub, every blade of grass and stalk of wheat tells the story of a seed that found purchase in fertile soil. All of nature is an astounding theology lesson proclaiming to us that God is life-giving love! And it all culminates in the human body created male and female and called to life-giving love. How do we give life? As Jesus says in this week’s Gospel, we must follow him in being willing to die. The French have captured this connection between dying and giving life in the marital embrace with their term for orgasm: la petite mort – “the little death.” May we offer our “little deaths” in union with Christ’s “big death” so that eternal life may come to the world!