Friday, January 28, 2011

Harvesting Winter Wheat

Sometimes the biggest surprise of all is no surprise at all.  Usually Jesus’ parables have a surprise ending, something people could grab hold of and take home with them to ponder and appreciate.  In this gospel passage, Jesus is talking about THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, something of profound importance for devout people of faith.  But he speaks about the kingdom of heaven with a simplicity that almost makes us want to yawn.  The kingdom of heaven is simple, it is ordinary.  It is so common that we might even feel like it doesn’t exist at all because there’s no reason to pay attention to it.
But the farmer knows that when the grain is ripe, it’s time to get out the sickle because the harvest is ready.  The wheat needs to be gathered so that it can be baked into bread that will feed the hungry.  “Give us this day our daily bread.”  God provides for us, but we have to do the work.  The seed has to be planted, and the earth does the rest until it’s time to be harvested, made into flour, kneaded into dough and baked so that the bread nourishes our lives.  How ordinary, how common, and that’s the kingdom of heaven.
The seed of the kingdom is planted in the soil of our lives.  It is a part of who we are.  The fruits of the kingdom; justice, peace, love, compassion, generosity and kindness grow within us and we don’t even know it until we harvest the grain and the virtues of our faith become bread for a hungry world.
Bon apatite

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