Core Aeration for the Soul

September 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm (Uncategorized)

One of our projects this past weekend was to aerate the lawn. It’s something you do when you’re a crunchy granola type who doesn’t want to use Round-Up on the weeds, so you rent this massive (and insanely heavy) machine from Home Despot which digs up plugs of earth from your lawn.

Aerating the lawn

Aerating the lawn

It’s supposed to give the grass some breathing room so that it can spread and flourish. So I mowed the lawn, Sam ran the core aerator over it, the kids and I sprinkled new grass seed and then we watered it, taking the opportunity to play a few sprinkler games in the warm September sun.

I realized during the course of our labors how appropriate it all was. The gospel from Mark on Sunday was the story of Jesus curing the deaf mute. Well, see for yourself:

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Mk 7:31-37

“Be opened!” Jesus said, not “Listen up!” or “Be healed!” or “Abracadabra!” Be opened. Be opened, so you can grow and flourish and fight off the weeds.

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