We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
Because by your Cross and precious Blood you have redeemed the world.
The project we are supporting in Sebeya, the town set amid the arid landscape beneath the hills that border Eritrea, is renewing the land. Northern Ethiopia is particularly vulnerable to drought, and the local population is dependent on rainfall to grow their crops.
Ethiopians typically blame themselves for a poor harvest. This year, although the rain was late, it arrived and helped the farmers to work the soil and plant different crops. When the rains came, Abba Solomon said:
“We were desperate when the rain was too late. God forgave our trespasses and gave us rain. Thanks to God, Sebeya is now green. We expect a good harvest this season. It gave us a big hope.”
Through this irrigation project, one of a spate of similar projects in the region; through water harvesting and management, and through the hard work of these people, the land is returning to health and becoming fertile.
Risen from the dead, you turn the world upside down as you turned it inside out at Bethlehem. Through Mary Magdalene’s tears you appear as a gardener. Men run to the empty tomb and see and believe. Those on the way to Emmaus find Jesus in the Eucharistic feast.
We were created in the Garden of Eden, you were taken in the garden of Gethsemane, but in this garden of resurrection may we encounter you, the risen Christ, and be renewed. Out of death comes life, out of destruction comes new hope, and out of chaos, transformation. May your truth, rising from the dead, enliven us with the power of your spirit to enact your blessings through our life and work, for the glory of God. Amen.