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October 3, 2019

Daily Reflection for Thursday, October 3, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100319.cfm

 If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12
Responsorial: Psalm 19:8-11
Gospel: Luke 10: 1-12

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” (Luke 10:2)

I just started gardening two years ago.  We bought a raised bed garden kit from a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring people had access to healthy food.  The garden is not big, so it seemed manageable to me.  The first year we planted tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, thyme and cilantro.  We changed it up the second year, but not by much as this is the food that we enjoy eating.

We took care of the garden, especially that first year. I was fascinated to watch the plants produce food needed for our nourishment.  I learned what flowers to plant around the garden to keep rabbits and other four-legged garden lovers away.  I also learned how to manage growth in the garden, giving all plants a fair chance to produce food.

The first year was a novelty and the second year, this little garden became work.  With a career schedule that is constantly on the go, I let go of caring for the garden.  Now and then I would go out and weed the garden, prune the basil plant, and harvest cilantro to put in my salad.  But somehow, I just let it go as my priorities shifted.  In doing so, food went to waste and the garden became work.

I so understand this reading today from this perspective.  The small garden plant in many ways is a metaphor for me. In some ways the garden represents my community.   I have a small garden (community) and it needs my attention as well as I need its nourishment.  I need to start with my small garden and stay the course of caring for it, watering it, pruning it, and noticing it.  I need to show up every day to watch it grow and to know when it is ready for harvest.  It (the community) deserves my presence as it offers me nourishment (belonging).  It is a mutual relationship.

The garden is a teacher and I feel it so relates to the scripture passage: the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.  It is so true.  The garden is there ready to harvest.  All we need to do is be ready to work it and stay the course in doing so

May your harvest be plentiful and your labor never tire,

Margarita Solis-Deal

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