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The Master Gardener

December 14, 2013



A Reflection on Psalm 80:

“Oh Lord of Hosts, restore us; let Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved…” We are living in God’s garden but at times we feel as though we are not protected. We ask the Master Gardener, who is God, to come and tend to us and be our restoration. He is always there. At this time during Advent, we are turning our soil over, which is our soul, and we are becoming and growing into the new creation with the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ.


Thought Questions


Has there ever been a time when you haven’t felt protected?

In what ways has God tended to your needs?

What are some of the ways you’re looking forward, in this Advent season, to being restored spiritually?




Oh God our Master Gardener, we ask you to tend to our needs and restore us, as we wait in anticipation for the birth of your Son, Jesus, during this season of Advent.


by Aubry Osborn and Charlie Becker





Reading 1 SIR 48:1-4, 9-11


In those days,
like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you 
and who falls asleep in your friendship.


Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2AC AND 3B, 15-16, 18-19


R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.

Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.

May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

Gospel MT 17:9A, 10-13


As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. 
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.



Tags: advent season, needs, protected, soul, lord of hosts, online advent retreat, advent retreat, advent, gardener, master gardener


Paulette  |  Inglewood  |  December 15, 2013  |  9:13 AM

As a steward of this earth that God has entrusted to us all, I share this short ,but powerful video with you all. Let us be gardeners, teachers, pray-ERS,workers,listeners and do-ERS of the WORD. Thank you again for the reflection.

Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 14, 2013  |  11:24 PM

In the time of Jesus there were lots of traditions about what would happen when Elijah came to announce the Messiah, and more expectations of what life would be like once the Messiah had come. The ideas everyone had, while nice goals for any time and place, actually blinded them from seeing Elijah in John the Baptist, and seeing the Christ of God in Jesus. We, too, have lots of ideas about what will happen when Christ comes, again--but He comes to us each day, and we, too, miss Him. Two days in a row, we are asked to cultivate eyes that see the essential in life. God's Garden is all around us, but all we see is a slum, or a condominium, or an old farm house. Just as 2000 years ago, when people were looking for a powerful King who would vanquish the wicked, but got a defenseless Baby who grew into a Teacher of Peace and love of one's enemies, we, too, "miss" the chance to see Him peering out at us through others' eyes. I missed Him today in several frustrating situations--I needed this mediation, today. Thanks for reminding me to stop and smell the roses in God's Garden that surrounds me.

Victor  |  Puebla, Mexico  |  December 14, 2013  |  5:21 PM

The process of learning on highschool students requires a lot of resources from teachers to follow their formation. Teenangers present, in a mexican context, a lot of attitudes result of parents, who make children part of their frustrations. There is a lack of spirituality in their lifes which result on drugs affection, wrong companies, early sexual desviations and all these promote unhappiness. No matter how we try to help them, it is a fact that The Master Gardener concerns about their lifes and I am sure that if we, conscious of His power and love, let Him act, He will do the best for all of them. So I beg for all those servarnts who allow the Holy Spirit inspiration act, and I pray for those who deny it. Amen.

Michelle  |  .  |  December 14, 2013  |  2:24 PM

Jesus as Gardner reminds me that we are works in process. We need to be fed and pruned. This advent season and every day try to open yourself to allow the Holy Spirit to have His/Her way with you. Thank you for this reflection and this retreat.

Enrique Reyes  |  Los Angeles  |  December 14, 2013  |  11:48 AM

Today I forgot to include the link to this reflection on the daily email alerts. It was a great lesson learned. I too kneel down to the Master Gardener, for I am just part of his Bigger Plan in this Garden. Reminds me of the Chienese Proverb: "If you bow at all, bow low." Hope everyone enjoys this reflection and continue to comment. Thank you Aubry and Charlie!

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