Like Seed We Shall Rise

Mary Garden, Passionist Monastery, Jamaica New York

On Thursday we began reading in our lectionary from Chapter 15 of the 1st Letter to the Corinthians, an important source about the resurrection of the body. “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.”

Some Corinthians denied the resurrection, and so In response Paul quotes a basic summary of Christian teaching that he and others received regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus. “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”  ( 1 Corinthians 15, )

Our preaching is empty, meaningless if there is no resurrection, Paul continues. To deny it means  “ those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished…If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.”

It’s going into fall in the Northeast USA now. Flowers are beginning to shrivel into dark balls, losing their beauty and going to seed. Flowers in our Mary Garden are falling to the ground and dying. But their seed says “We’ll live again.” 

Good to spend awhile in a garden now, because seed is the analogy Paul uses in speaking of the resurrection of the body. Like the flower, we have our time, then we die. But we will live again. 

We’re children of Adam, from dust, returning to dust. Yet, we’re members of Jesus Christ, who  through the mystery of his death and resurrection gives us life, Paul says. 

We’re children of the flowers too, let’s not forget. We came after they evolved 140 million years ago. Without the food, medicine and beauty they provide we cannot live.  Is that why, I wonder, we call on them in times of death and celebrations of life? Maybe too, in times of uncertainty, like now, they give us wisdom.

Paul used them as a teacher, reminding the Corinthians that what “ is sown corruptible is raised incorruptible; what is sown dishonorable is raised glorious; what is sown weak is raised powerful;  what is sown a natural body is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.”

Not only will we rise, but creation itself will rise again.

5 thoughts on “Like Seed We Shall Rise

  1. fdan

    Thank you for your post, Father Victor. Always inspiring to me and a moment for me to be taught our faith in amazing and extraordinary ways that I have never experienced before. The only seeds I won’t plant are the seeds of doubt! To everlasting life!

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  2. Tom Kinlin

    Father Victor,

    You are so right that nature and especially flowers give us a glimpse of life , death and of course our resurrection. Will you be coming our way soon, you are missed?

    Tom

    On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 3:19 PM The Victor’s Place wrote:

    > vhoagland posted: ” Mary Garden, Passionist Monastery, Jamaica New York On > Thursday we began reading in our lectionary from Chapter 15 of the 1st > Letter to the Corinthians, an important source about the resurrection of > the body. “I believe in the resurrection of the body” >

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  3. vhoagland Post author

    Tom, Like the rest of the world I’m under house arrest. Someday though…The Mary Garden plants are doing great. Someday you have to come see them. Best to Angela.
    FV

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  4. cenaclemary12

    Like falling seeds,
    Like fallen leaves,
    As seasons change,
    So our image grows.
    Hope shows itself.
    Love prompts deeds.

    Leafy colors appear
    Yellow, orange, red.
    Then become brown.
    Absorbed into earth,
    Fertilizer for new life.
    God’s garden work here.

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