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Weekly Moravian Message: March 3, 2013

Third Sunday in Lent

March 3, 2013

So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.”

Fig tree

the blame does not lie with the tree of course 
it does what it does;
as long as there is water and sun and healthy soil
it is not the tree’s fault;
(but the steward
has smiled every harvest
with juice on his chin) (perhaps)

still the wiser course of action
is to spend time and energy to feed a bit more
and to water too — remember
in water is life;
(he may watch more
carefully for his master’s arrival
and temper his appetite) (perhaps)

for the master has been merciful and wise
for the master wants only a small return:
some fruit from the garden that is kept and
a turning of the heart
(there will be fruit next time
the master will taste how sweet just
as the steward knows) (perhaps)

Andy Meckstroth, pastoral team, Castleton Hill Moravian Church, Staten Island, New York


Moravian Daily Texts


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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