On one of the few occasions that the disciple was able to Skype the master – who for years has been working with refugees in a remote, far-flung, refugee camp under very difficult and dangerous conditions – a conversation ensued and the disciple asked, “How long will you remain there?”
And the master answered, “Until I am tired of dying.”
Source: Adapted by Philip Chircop from a recently heard story.
“We ought to learn how to die before we die, so that when we die, we won’t die.”
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:24-25 (The Message)