Christ is Risen!
Remember the Little things # 16
The Grain of Wheat
“The devil is in the detail” is an idiom that is often heard. Omitting to read the small print in a contract may cause you inadvertently to break a contract. Some things may seem simple at first but may take longer than expected. However, one might more properly say that “God is in the detail”, there are mysterious elements hidden within the movements of His Creation. To see the hand of God in the smallest of things takes for a discerning eye. Details,” the small things” have importance because they have intrinsic value at every stage of their growth and application.
I am able, by God’s grace, to leave small fragments of the antidoron for the faithful from the Liturgy celebrated four weeks ago before lockdown!
I remember being at Sambata de Sus Monastery in Romania where there was a wheat field ripe with full grain. One of the pilgrims after the Holy Liturgy took a head of the wheat grains and rubbed them in his hands and blew away the husk and then ate the wheat. The action took my mind back to that occasion in the scriptures when Our Lord’s disciples did the same:
6 Now it happened that on a Sabbath he went through the grain fields, and his disciples were picking and eating the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not permitted on the Sabbath? 3 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you not read this, what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry— 4 how he entered into the house of God and took the bread of the presentation, which it is not permitted to eat (except the priests alone), and ate it and gave it to those with him?” 5 And he said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
The Grain of Wheat
38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.”
John 6:48: “I am the bread of life,……”
Salvation is held in that egg-shaped frame of life and energy.
No Pythagorean theory could calculate such perfect symmetry.
No King but God could make such a realm of beauty and simplicity.
That grain of wheat will be cut, dried and shaken in humility.
The miller will grind it into the flour of heaven, a foretaste of eternity.
A man will earn his daily bread transporting that potential spirit to distillery.
Another will take that white dusted remnant to the stores for his delivery.
The mother will knead and bake the prosphora for the proskomede.
Then the Holy Spirit will invest within the Lamb the gift of immortality.
The priest will give that Bread of Life, the One who died to set us free
From broken hearts, our redemption from sin and earth-bound misery.
The faithful stand, take and eat of that most precious Mystery.
In that small grain, the Lord of the Harvest bestows the ultimate utility.
It was said of an old man that he dwelt in Syria on the way to the desert. This was his work: whenever a monk came from the desert, he gave him refreshment with all his heart. Now one day a hermit came and he offered him refreshment. The other did not want to accept it, saying he was fasting. Filled with sorrow, the old man said to him, “Do not despise your servant, I beg you, do not despise me, but let us pray together. Look at the tree which is here; we will follow the way of whichever of us causes it to bend when he kneels on the ground and prays.” So the hermit knelt down to pray and nothing happened. Then the hospitable one knelt down and at once the tree bent towards him. Taught by this, they gave thanks to God.
Saying from the Desert Fathers