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Monday 17 September
Cursed is the ground

 

Read Genesis 3:17–19
Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.  (part of verse 17)

My grandmother once told me that when she was young, her mother wouldn’t allow her or her sisters to walk in the sunshine without their parasols. She was brought up in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, and lived very near the beach. Going to the seashore was not much fun for those girls. They had to wear long sleeves and skirts, plus hats and headscarves, and walk or sit always under their parasols. The sun was not to touch their skins! ‘Why, Granny?’ they asked. ‘Because we’re family girls, we’re not to be confused with those girls that toil on the land.’

The land suffers this curse because of our misbehaviour. The way many have interpreted these words has pierced generations like a dagger and has brought not only terrible consequences for the land itself (destruction, contamination, pollution and exploitation of natural resources) but also the exclusion of many people. The Spanish conquerors of America thought that if they toiled the land, their status would be diminished, so they enslaved the native population to serve them and do the hard work. Is it possible to amend what we have done to the land and to others, and celebrate the harvest faithfully?

Recently some younger members of my family told us that they want to leave the city for the countryside, where they want to work the land and enjoy its fruits. They dream of farming free of chemical products and heavy use of technology. Let us all work for a harvest that does not discriminate or exclude, but brings joy to the lives of many!

† Creative God, thank you for all the fruits of your land. Help us to look after your creation and encourage us to confront rules and practices that hurt and damage your land and your people. Amen