3rd SUNDAY IN LENT – March 7th, 2010
Isaiah 55:1-9 • Psalm 63:1-8 • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 • Luke 13:1-9
“Sir, let it alone one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.” We find this message at the end of all our scripture readings for this week in Lent. They all call for steadfast devotion to God – to allow God to fill us, to make us whole, and to quench our thirst. But from the Gospel reading comes the reminder that in order for things of this world to bear fruit, work is required. If we go to the fig tree, expecting God to provide for us fruit from it, without providing it with the nutrients it needs, the fruit will not come.
We are living in a time of global water crisis – and it is one that is largely created by humanity. Those who have water have hoarded it – or taken it from those unable to cultivate it for themselves, to the point where we are creating droughts, floods, and famine, due to the lack of water. People throughout the world are thirsting – and thirsting for water of this world. It is water that doesn’t come without the work – without the work of restoring the balance inherent in the God’s Creation, in seeking to live in a way that all may have, and conserving the water we use. This is the hole and manure the gardener is putting around the fig tree in Jesus parable.
Our scriptures remind us that God quenches the thirst of all who come – God is the spiritual food, drink, and nourishment for all of Creation. Isaiah reminds us, “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”, and our Psalm, “So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.” This is the spiritual nourishment needed to believe that a transformation of the global water crisis is possible. But it is one that takes work. Paul reminds us not to “put Christ to the test”, and Christ reminds us of the work needed for the spiritual nourishment God provides to bear fruit.
The world is crying out for water, sanitation, and hygiene. Are you willing to dig the hole, and spread the manure?
- What does it mean to be filled by the spiritual nourishment of God?
- What work of digging the hole and spreading the manure can you do?
Take a look at your personal water usage. In what ways can it be conserved, to be a better steward of God’s Creation?
Continue to work through the Significant Sacrifice series and look for ways you can be involved in providing clean water and sanitation by working with one of the organizations listed on the right.
By Jordan Blevins