National Agriculture Day. Normally I would write a blog about the importance of agriculture and recognizing that fact but today I will talk about Saint Joesph.
I've known LuAnn almost 14 years now but I never heard her mention the Table of St. Joseph. We were discussing our day last night and it came up. I drove to Indiana for a meeting about the seed industry and listened about preparations for the Feast of St. Joseph on the radio.
The table story is a neat one. There was a famine in Sicily many centuries ago. They stopped what they were doing and prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of the Holy Family. The famine ended and they prepared a great table for all, the poor, the sick, the suffering, the rich and the wealthy. They all shared the bounty together. I thought wow, that goes great with National Agriculture Week. Today is National Agriculture Day!
I woke up with great peace this morning. LuAnn and I have been praying together before we go to sleep and our prayer intentions are being answered quickly day by day. We miss our TV to watch something inspiring before we go to sleep so she has been bringing her Xyboard or new smart phone to bed and we listen to inspiring messages of faith. Last night was from Coming Home and how an Episcopal priest came to the Catholic Church in a position in power.
I took the position of Joseph in a large blended family. We've had our struggles no doubt but now we have grandchildren who call each other cousin and can play together like no body's business. It is truly inspiring to watch.
We have this farm now for them to meet and make memories. We wanted that for ourselves and for our family just like so many millions have over the generations. We are blessed to have it and be able to teach the basics of life, food, family, and farming.
It would be neat to have a table of St. Joseph here on this farm today. Long tables of food representing different foods of the harvest and our struggles to provide them. All would be invited. No one would be left out intentionally.
American Agriculture leaves no one out intentionally. That is part of our great heritage, the land of bounty and the land of opportunity.