So, you are about to be fed crumbs from the table:
|Swamp rose, Rosa palustris. Picture taken on my walk this morning.|
Later, they figured out that the trees had been toppled by a wind storm. Settlers had cut the trees and the weight of the root ball had Weebled them back upright.
That root ball may be a unique opportunity for some planting of an island of upland species in the middle of a swamp.
Today's readings were about Elijah imposing upon the poor widow and demanding a portion of her last bit of flour. The other reading was about the widow's mite, where she gives out of her need while others, who gave more in absolute terms, gave out of their surplus.
I struggle with these readings. I don't think that Jesus intended that the Gospels should be used as economics textbooks. Rather, I think that Jesus intended that the Gospel's should speak to our hearts.
Were you to listen to Kubota, you would learn that we "need" an ATV, a new truck, a bigger house, a PSE Stinger compound bow, unlimited data, a bigger TV, more discretionary money, a lawn tractor.... One man's "needs" are another man's luxuries. It appears that I have failed to teach Kubota that we are rich in proportion that that which we do not "need".
The watered down version of today's readings would make a bolt for that door, that we be clear on what is a "want" and what is a "need". The challenge for me is that this might be literal-literal. Jesus used hyperbole to make his point....pluck out the eye, for instance. I want this to be similar hyperbole. I must pray about, and consider that it might not be.