In an article published by The Catholic Thing, TCA’s Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie paints a poignant metaphor of humanity as it relates to the Master Gardener, likening us to plants in His care as He lovingly tends and shapes our lives within the greater landscape of His spiritual kingdom. In her article titled, “The Kingdom is a Garden,” she writes: 

“Last night I awoke to the sound of thunder and the pelting of rain against the glass of my bedroom window. It was our first summer storm, the kind in which it seems some great dam in heaven fails and the long-pent-up waters rush down on us all at once. 

The noise gave me a delicious shiver, for I’ve been longing for rain. My garden has been needing fresh water from above – hours of it – to soak deeply into the planting beds that have been, for many weeks, sprinkled thinly and superficially by human artifice of rubber hose and metal pipe.

…I have not been a gardener for very long, but you can tell I’m enchanted with my garden. Besides the beauty outside the window that exalts me when I’m working at the kitchen sink, my garden has opened a new window for me into the mind of God.

…When Jesus walked among us long ago, the people who were so fortunate as to hear his human voice were gardeners, all of them. Some of them by profession: the vine tenders and the olive growers. But all of them by their membership in an agrarian society. The words that He spoke and the parables that he used to pry open their hearts were finely attuned to his listeners’ intimate knowledge of the way nature, and nature’s God, operates in the world of earth, rain, and seed.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2) ”… With these words Jesus gave us an image of the kingdom of God as a spiritual garden, in which each soul is a valuable plant or tree carefully tended for its own sake.”

Read more of Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie’s article here.