Friday, August 10, 2018
Today, in Mercy, on this feast of St. Lawrence, our readings are all about wheat. Then, again, they’re really not.
The readings, of course, are about eternal life – lessons taught in symbols the listeners could relate to. The agrarian community of Jesus’ time understood clearly what happened to a grain of wheat when buried in the rich soil. They understood, too, how a single grain, fallen on the barn floor and lost underfoot, had no hope of life.
It is a powerful lesson about community, selflessness, and what we need to do to live a full and meaningful life.
We have to die — to our isolation, self-absorption, greed, objectification and domination over others, “me-firstness”.
Basically, we have to resist the Seven Deadly Sins that make life “all about me”:
To move beyond these sins, we must recognize, respect and care for others – all others – as children of God.
If we can do that, our grain of wheat will land in harmony with the faith community and will contribute to its abundant life – and to our own. That faith community might be as small as my family or as big as the world. But unless I live there in selflessness, I will never come to my full potential a human being.
Musical reflection: A Grain of Wheat ~ Torchbearers