Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost +16)

TO FULL FRUIT
(Matthew 21: 28-32)

Perhaps we say no because
we are weary.
Perhaps the work seems
overwhelming,
life too full of woundedness,
the vineyard too difficult to care for
as it struggles to grow to full fruit.

Perhaps we say no because
we take for granted
that our Father will find someone else,
that someone else’s “yes”
will meet the need,
doing the work that leads to full fruit.

Perhaps it is because we take for granted
that harvest will come regardless,
that the vineyard has no need
for our labour –
our mercy, our love, our caring –
in order to reach its full fruit.

Or perhaps it is because we forget
that the life we inhabit
is also where work is needed,
that we ourselves are a vineyard:
our souls in need of nurture,
spirits in need of cultivation,
our lives in need of the pruning of wisdom,
before we can reach full fruit.

Whatever the perhaps,
whatever the reasons,
may “no” become “yes”,
and words become deeds.
For we are God’s “yes”
Christ’s caring in action,
Christ’s presence
in the vineyard which God so loves
and which God is bringing
to full fruit.

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