AM Psalm 72; PM Psalm 119:73-96
Genesis 42:18-28; 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8; Mark 4:1-20
May there be abundance of grain on the earth, growing thick even on the hilltops; may its fruit flourish like Lebanon, and its grain like grass upon the earth. – Psalm 72:16
Joseph then gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. This was done for them. – Genesis 42:25
Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen.” – Mark 4:8-9
In today’s readings I noticed several passages about grain. Psalm 72 has a lush description of grain growing on the earth: the grain grows thickly all the way to the hilltops, its fruit flourishes, and it covers the land like grass.
Genesis tells about Joseph’s generosity to the brothers who betrayed him. When they come to Egypt to buy grain, he sends them away with their sacks filled, returns the payment they had made, and gives them food for the journey. And in the end he forgives them fully for what they did.
In Mark’s gospel Jesus tells about grain that fails to grow and other grain that yields a bountiful crop. Jesus says that when grain falls onto good soil and produces well, it is like what happens when people hear the word of God, accept it, and act upon it. These readings made me think about God’s abundance and how we are called to live.
- Lucy Eggerth