Fourth Week in Lent, Tuesday, March 29, 2022
The LORD said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Tell the people of Israel this: ‘When you enter the land I will give you, let it have a special time of rest, to honour the LORD. You may plant seed in your field for six years, and you may trim your vineyards for six years and bring in their fruits. But during the seventh year, you must let the land rest. This will be a special time to honour the Lord. You must not plant seed in your field or trim your vineyards. You must not cut the crops that grow by themselves after harvest, or gather the grapes from your vines that are not trimmed. The land will have a year of rest.
“‘You may eat whatever the land produces during that year of rest. It will be food for your men and women servants, for your hired workers, and for the foreigners living in your country. It will also be food for your cattle and the wild animals of your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.
“‘Count off seven groups of seven years, or forty-nine years. During that time there will be seven years of rest for the land. On the Day of Cleansing, you must blow the horn of a male sheep; this will be on the tenth day of the seventh month. You must blow the horn through the whole country. Make the fiftieth year a special year, and announce freedom for all the people living in your country. This time will be called Jubilee. You will each go back to your own property, each to your own family and family group. The fiftieth year will be a special time for you to celebrate. Don’t plant seeds, or harvest the crops that grow by themselves, or gather grapes from the vines that are not trimmed. That year is Jubilee; it will be a holy time for you. You may eat only the crops that come from the field. In the year of Jubilee you each must go back to your own property.
“‘If you sell your land to your neighbour, or if you buy land from your neighbour, don’t cheat each other. If you want to buy your neighbour’s land, count the number of years since the last Jubilee, and use that number to decide the right price. If your neighbour sells the land to you, count the number of years left for harvesting crops, and use that number to decide the right price. If there are many years, the price will be high. But if there are only a few years, lower the price, because your neighbour is really selling only a few crops to you. You must not cheat each other, but you must respect your God. I am the LORD your God.
“‘Remember my laws and rules, and obey them so that you will live safely in the land. The land will give good crops to you, and you will eat as much as you want and live safely in the land.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We gather at your Beautiful Gate and enter your sacred prayer space with joy and thanksgiving. Your ways and decrees are food for our souls. Your wisdom brings goodness to all who listen and follow your ways.
O God of the Sabbath, thank you for the holy habit of rest. You instruct us to be generous with ourselves, others, and creation. You invite us to rest and participate in your loving goodness. We inhale your loving breath and exhale your love with creation. With joy we embrace the celebration, rest, and restoration.
I inhale your wisdom today, Yahweh, and thank you for…
There is no other god but you, Loving Yahweh. Your word is peace, wisdom, and love. Your guidance gives us an understanding of how to care for ourselves, each other, and creation. You have promised to provide for us in the years of Jubilee. We follow your wisdom today, trusting in your promise to provide for our every need.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler