A newly seeded garden needs daily gentle care and watering to nurture the growth to full maturity. However, when it is time to move a plant to a garden, to change it from pot to plot, we turn the plant upside down and give it a strong whack on the bottom to loosen the clinging hold that the soil has to its first home.
The chapter opens with the disciples moved by the results of Jesus’ personal time of prayer. They want to receive this gift⎯to learn how to pray. Jesus opens the treasures of his heart and talks to them about prayer. They are like the freshly seeded garden needing nurture and protection for the seed-word to grow.
There are those who resist being transplanted from a religion of law, manipulation, self-interest, and greed, into the fresh garden of the Kingdom. Jesus’ harsh words to them are designed to jolt them into saving space. Protect the planted word in your heart.
Father, hallowed be Your name. v .2
“Ask and it will be given.” v. 9
Protecting the planted Word v. 28
My body filled with Your light v. 36
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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