Dear Friends,

This past week readings share with us multiple images of the vineyard. This was common imagery at the time of Jesus. For us today, we are less familiar with experiencing that type of imagery, unless of course you live in Wine Country!

A recent reflection in the National Catholic Reporter, “Produce Fruit,” offers the 21st century Christian a different image. Mary M. McGlone, author of the article, writes: “When we listen to the parable of the mutinous tenants, instead of thinking of ‘those people,’ suppose we heard it addressed to all of us as the stewards of our Earth. What would happen if we interpreted this parable through the lens of Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home’?” We need to care for our earth; we need to protect it, nurture it and honor all creation. There would be lots to think about if we went that direction.

This weekend we were talking about the culture of encounter. That conversation made me look at the readings from another angle. Since most of us are not part of an agricultural society, what if we looked at the story as a way to look at God’s creation…US? How do we care for one another? Do we look askew at others or do we try to see who they really are? What about hearing and listening? Do we really stop to get to know a stranger? Sometimes fear can take over our emotions and there is no room for learning. What we do to change that? Each of us needs to come to our own sense of how do I reverence each individual I meet.

I think there is a lot out there to think about today in a world so filled with fear and strife and disasters. May your week be filled with some peaceful time to look at some of the things I’ve shared.

Till next week,

Sr. Theresita

Sr. Theresita Donach shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail tdonach@nazarethcsfn.org .

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