Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for June 13, 2021

Reflection for June 13, 2021

In harmony with the Holy Spirit

There are times to work and rest, in accordance with God's   plans

by Sister Charlene Hockers

Do you enjoy gardening? Or sitting under the shade of a tree in an orchard? If so, you are in the right place to ponder Sunday's readings.

In the parable, Jesus likens the kingdom of God to a man scattering seed on the land and then watching the seed sprout and grow. The gardener needs to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water, and pull weeds in order to have a productive garden. Eventually the seeds sprout, grow, and produce a harvest. The kingdom is also like the mustard seed which grows into a huge tree with branches that the birds can dwell in its shade. Ezekiel in the first reading speaks of the tender branch torn from the top of the cedar which is then planted on the mountaintop. There, too, the birds dwell on the branches or beneath them to be in the shade. Those birds give glory to God just by being there.

In our lives, we plant many seeds of love and service to others. For some of those seeds we see the productive results; others we never see. But we know that the planting and nurturing give glory to God and witness our love to others. The harvest may come at a later time. And then we can sit under the shade of the tree that was planted by someone a long time ago and enjoy the harvest that someone before us has produced.

Enjoy the beauty of the flowers and the newly planted gardens that are around you. Sit in the shade of God's abundant love and blessings. We give glory to God in the planting as well as by enjoying the harvest done by others.


06/11/2021 8:58 am

Yes, the garden of life is the perfect spot to soak in God's love as we grow together. Thank you, Sr. Charlene!

Dave and Lola
06/11/2021 4:42 pm

Well said!

Our youngest son's father-in-law likes to plant seeds and give the small growing plant as a gift to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and weddings.


Father Bill jacobs
06/12/2021 8:41 am

Dear Sister, Thanks for the wonderful reflection!

I felt I could literally see the pictures you were painting in your writing. God Bless you for a very beautiful portrait!

In Christ's Never -ending Love & tender Mercy,

Father Bill

P.S. A Special "Hi!" to all the Good Sisters!

06/13/2021 5:10 am

And as we plant seeds or bulbs or potato eyes, and as we care for their growth and development, we can consider how our Wondrous, Awesome 'God' is both noun and verb. That is to say, the manifestation, revelation, goodness of 'God' is known to us in the seed, bulb, potato eye; and then in the tiny sprout of each; and in the developing plant ..... all the way through to its matured flowering and fruit.

Likewise, the manifestation, revelation, and goodness of 'God' is also known to us IN THE PROCESS of the seed, bulb, eye 'BECOMING' the sprout, the plant, the fruitful vine. 'God' is in the ACTION and ENERGY of growth and development [and in the dying .... and in the dormancy ...], which causes us to marvel and wonder, and to reverence all that is.

I think this is why gardens are such contemplative places. There is something very 'holy' and 'good' in the process of gardening.

And why, perhaps, the story of life, itself, takes shape and form from within a garden .... and how suffering, too, is experienced from within a garden .... and how and why newness of life comes from within a garden ...

Mary R
06/14/2021 8:26 am

What a beautiful perspecitve.

06/14/2021 2:50 pm

Thank you, Charlene, for your reflection. You are asking us to bask in the shade of the trees as well as bask in God's love. I like the comparisons with nature and God's loving presence.

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