"Jesus’s life was a speck: short-lived, suspicious of birth, native son of a no-name hometown, executed as a criminal. His movement? Hardly auspicious, lasted a moment, with less than a dozen serious followers before he was arrested, practically no one after his arrest unless you count a few women and one “beloved disciple”.
"Maybe this is why he told so many stories about the perils and glories of farming. He lived with the full intent of seed and soil, and called us to the same conspiracy, one that teases hope beyond itself. Yet, because God always and unreservedly honors growth and health and all that is Good, True and Beautiful, this Jesus whom we sought to bury for good, ended up being planted by God. And we, if we have even a smidgen of love in our lives, benefit from such lively risen-ness."Quoted in Desert Call, a Magazine of the Spiritual Life Institute