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dc.contributor.authorScholer, Steveen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 35en_US
dc.description.abstract|I come from a long line of gardeners. My grandfather had a garden the size of a basketball court. For the 30-plus years he served as county sheriff, my grandmother used the bushel baskets of vegetables he grew to feed those in county jail. Just think of that, garden fresh vegetables and juicy, ripe tomatoes for the county prisoners.|My dad followed suit, although his forte was starting tomatoes from seed. Each spring he would pour over the seed catalogs for the newest hybrids and heirloom tomatoes. He had a small hothouse in our backyard and would start about 250 tomato plants per year, although he only needed four for his small garden. His mom told him that if he charged his friends and neighbors for the seedlings, "they would not produce," so he gave them away.|My garden is a 4' x 12' plot, which is one of about 20 in the Creighton University Ignatian Garden located on the fringe of campus. There, I plant, weed, water and harvest my produce. Tomatoes are my specialty, too—lots of them—in fact, so many that starting in early summer, I make regular stops at the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives, and drop off dozens each week.|The hardware store I shop at already has its flower and garden seeds display set up to greet you right when you walk in, with beautiful pictures on the packets of what you can expect, if only you take the time to plant and nurture the seeds. But when you open the seed packet, at the bottom are about 20 seeds, each as small as the head of pin, an almost microscopic withered piece of matter that for all intents and purposes, looks dead. But if you plant at the right time, weed often, water frequently and have the right amount of sun, you will be blessed with a bumper crop to enjoy and share with family and friends.|Why do so many of us, like my family, have a fascination with gardening? Is it about putting fresh food on the table, or is it testing one's ability; that with diligent care and attention we can take a small, seemingly inert piece of matter and turn it into a beautiful flower or a ripe red tomato? Could it be that Jesus' focus may have been on the process it takes to produce the fruit-- the commitment a gardener must make to diligently prepare the soil, plant, water, weed and constantly tend to his garden if it is to produce much fruit when he said to Andrew and Philip, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."|During our Lenten renewal, are we willing to be like garden seeds and risk being split apart so that we can renew ourselves and grow into a life rich with abundance to share with others? Are we willing to dedicate ourselves to growing our faith and our relationship with Christ so that we may become the Christians God wants us to be? Equally as important, are we willing to let the world's greatest gardener nurture us, not by sun and water, but by His never-ending love and his promise to us each and every day?|If so, then through our death and rebirth we, too, can produce much fruit, fruit that we can share with others through our service to them.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday, March 18, 2018: 5th Week in Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Relationsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorScholer, Steven A.en_US 5en_US
dc.subject.local1Jeremiah 31:31-34en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15en_US
dc.subject.local3Hebrews 5:7-9en_US
dc.subject.local4John 12:20-33en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ben_US

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