On a beautiful cool morning, as the sun rises, the sky lightens and rays of sunlight cause the ripened fruit to glow, the farmers begin to work. The fruit is a gift of their labor. Some tend to the plants and others the soil.
They gather the blessings of an abundant harvest. They work together to support their families. With gratitude, they share their harvest with their community.
Our God has blessed the earth
with a wonderful harvest!
- Psalm 67:6
As long as humans have existed, we've turned to art to express the inexpressible.
Mircea Eliade writes that, "sacred art seeks to represent the invisible by means of the visible. . . . Even in archaic and 'folk' cultures, lacking any philosophical system and vocabulary, the function of sacred art was the same: it translated religious experience and a metaphysical conception of the world and of human existence into a concrete, representational form. This translation was not considered wholly the work of man: the divinity also participated by revealing himself to man and allowing himself to be perceived in form or figure."
Richard Rohr, Art and Poetry, Sept. 30, 2015
PSALM 67 represents to me something of what this description points to, a revelation of something deeper. The abundance of the harvest touches something in me.
-Br. Ignatius Sudol, O.H.