Wild Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Br. Luke DitewigGenesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

The vegetable garden at Emery House is flourishing as we partner with Nourishing the North Shore. With our land and water, they labor to grow, harvest, and distribute vegetables, mostly to neighbors in need. They carefully prepared the soil, made plans, and planted precise rows with irrigation. One section has cover crops in order to replenish the soil. It’s all planned and orderly. As in your yard or inside with containers, gardeners plan and prepare.

Today’s parable gets our attention. The sower casts seed recklessly such that seeds fell on the path where birds ate them, on rocky ground where shoots sprang up but quickly withered, amid thorns which grew alongside and chocked them, as well as on good soil which bore fruit. No one sows like this, wildly sending seed with little chance of survival. No one is so reckless. Read More

Pulling weeds – Br. Robert L’Esperance

robertMatthew 13:1-9, 18-23

This is a true statement:  I love to pull weeds.  I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds and the other day I found myself sifting through memories of my brother, Paul Wessinger.  Paul was passionate about gardens and gardening and our deep friendship first began to grow around our shared love of flowers.  Paul loved all kinds of gardens.  I think Paul would have liked the monastery cloister garden.  In many ways it’s like Paul, off-beat and unexpected.  Honestly, it’s like few other gardens I’ve seen.  Paul would have liked that because he told me that the older he grew the more he liked the unexpected and the off-beat.

The changes in himself, that Paul often talked about with me, began slowly and gradually, like those germinating seeds Jesus talks about in today’s parable.  Paul seemed to loosen-up and grow more flexible, even radical, the older he got.  He reminisced often with me and he told me that in his younger years he had been quite rigid and inflexible; later in his life he lost his certitude about many of his ideas and beliefs about God and jettisoned a whole host of rigorous rules handed-on to him for living out his monastic vocation.  By the time I arrived at the monastery, Paul was approaching his nineties and his spirit was soaring higher and higher into territories that he never imagined.   Read More