Monday I got out in the garden to pull some weeds. I noticed as time went on that I was not just clearing out weeds, I was treating the weeds like an enemy. It felt cathartic to step back from my work and see the flowers freed.
Ever since the experience I have been asking myself, what is the weed, if it is an analogy?
I am aware as a community leader, that right now we would all answer the question of who is the enemy, differently. And that is the reason that I had so much energy while weeding the garden. I feel the polemic tensing in our country, people are traumatized, people are reactive even while we are isolated, while missing many things that comfort us like going to church. So I pulled those weeds with intensity so I could sense I had control over something.
The Gospel invites humankind to see weeds and tensions and enemies in a new light.
Blessed are the poor
Blessed are those who mourn
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
Blessed are the merciful
Blessed are the pure in heart
Blessed are the peacemakers
I feel sure that the weeds are the ways that I am stuck and struggling to grow into the person needed for others.
Pay attention to what is getting most of your attention and energy right now. It is easy to focus too much on the tension, drawing conclusions and forming opinions. Instead, the gospel invites us to bless others with our lives. Jesus gave his life to show us the way to new life -- right relationship of God, others and self. Let go of the weeds getting in the way of love.
With You on the Journey,