Happy Sunday! Back in 2017, I created Gathering Faith with the goal to collect wisdom, inspiration, and goodness from the many faith traditions around the world as a way to share just how we can be inspired and lifted up by each other’s belief based lives. It has been an incredible journey and I have been richly blessed by all who have shared their light with me!
Much of this goodness I seek to share lies housed within the world’s various sacred texts. While I have made an attempt to read many of these holy books, I cannot begin to understand all they mean to those who hold them sacred.
So…I have reached out to my friends of all faiths and asked them to help me out! Each Sunday I will be posting a new passage from an interfaith guest writer along with why this passage is meaningful to them. I am calling this series Sacred Texts Sunday!
Today’s passage comes from the Torah and was submitted by incredible friend and interfaith hero, Gail Katz:
Deuteronomy 24: 19-22
When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back and get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless and the widow; that the Eternal your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.
“Jews are commanded to remember that our people were once strangers in Egypt and wandered the wilderness. Our holiday of Passover is all about being strangers in the land of Egypt, and therefore we must take action to repair our world and take care of the needy as well as give thanks for our bounty. We must be thankful for what we have and express our gratitude!! Reform Judaism is all about Social Action and Repairing our World!!”
Gail is an excellent example of this principle in action and I have gained so much inspiration from her tireless efforts to repair the world. I hope I can take a page from her book (literally) and do more to help those in need all around me.
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