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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


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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