John 12:20-24 NRSVue

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew, then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, 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.

Some thoughts on this scripture

What the Greeks asked of Philip is what Christians have been seeking in the Gospels and in pilgrimages for two thousand years: /We wish to see Jesus/. When they found him, they heard those pregnant words: /a grain of wheat has to die before it bears fruit/. Only in Jesus have we a person and a philosophy which makes sense of suffering and death, and which sees the life beyond them.