The fruits of creation for all of creation
Reflection: It’s interesting to note that in the story of Jesus’ hungry disciples eating the grain from a farmer’s field, the objection raised by the Pharisees is not that they took the grain, but that they did so on the Sabbath. In fact, eating grain or produce from a neighbor’s farm while passing through was permitted by Jewish law (Deuteronomy 23:25-26), provided one did not carry off any surplus. It was considered common courtesy and obligation of charity to share the abundance of creation with one’s neighbor. Perhaps we can embrace that same ethic in our own stewardship of the abundance God has entrusted to us.
Action: What abundance has God given me to share with others? Be aware of whom the Lord brings into your path.
Today’s readings: Colossians 1:21-23; Luke 6:1-5 (436).
“While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.”
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