One aspect of Jesus that has always attracted me to Him has literally been His “down to earth” manner. He frequently spoke about sowing seeds, caring for crops, watching plants grow mysteriously, and gathering the harvest into barns. He understood that the size of the harvest depends not on the seed itself but on the quality of the soil, and He valued high yields.
Jesus was also keenly aware that people, as creatures of the earth, need to nourish their bodies. This led Him to rebuke those who complained about His disciples eating ears of corn as they walked through cornfi elds on the Sabbath, as well as to show compassion to His hungry followers by feeding them with loaves and fi shes on a number of occasions. He understood the “fruit of the earth” as a blessing to be shared with others and an important building block of community life.
Furthermore, nature provided Jesus with insights into His own vocation, destiny and Among the more striking images that He used to convey to His followers the meaning of His suffering, death and resurrection, is that of a grain of wheat that must die in the earth in order to yield a rich harvest.
By chance, I first encountered the Emmaus organization through meeting its key founder, Columban Fr. Noel O’Neill in the early 1980s at a course I was teaching in Massachusetts based upon what was called at the time “normalization” theory.
The roar of engines, a plume of dust, a mean machine slicing through the desert sands…
It is Columban missionary Fr. Liam Carey, speeding to his next Mass in the parish of Jicamarca on the eastern edge of Lima, Peru.
Lord, bless us in our searching and questions:
The way to wisdom, enlightenment
and peace, the way to our hearts.
May the Lord bless us in our gifts:
These are God’s providence to the world