VNO 28: After the Harvest

Harvest is a time of celebration for rural communities. Hard labor is done. A product has been gathered and sold at market. A different kind of work beckons farmers, ranchers, etc.. But celebrate first! Many of the Scriptures given for seedtime are appropriate here as well.

From the Old Testament, we might read a bit of advice to Israel to keep their bounty in the perspective of God’s benevolence thanksgiving, Deuteronomy 8:7-18. Option two gives a fiery prophet’s relating of a God who relents in his disfavor after the whole nation has fasted and expressed sorrow: Joel 2:21-24, 26-27. From that latter reading, I rather like verse 26:

You will eat until you are fully satisfied,
then you will praise the name of the LORD, your God,
Who acts so wondrously on your behalf!
My people will never again be put to shame.

For singing after the first reading, Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 or Psalm 126:2b-3, 4-5, 6-7. There are other harvest Psalms, the 65th or the 145th, but these assigned texts are satisfactory choices.

For a post-Psalm reading, 1 Corinthians 3:6-10 (Paul and Apollos and others having various roles in cultivating faith) or 1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19, Saint Paul discussing the issue of spiritual contentment with his protégé.

These Gospels have also appeared on American Thanksgiving Day: Luke 12:15-21 (the parable of the rich fool) or Luke 17:11-19 (the ten lepers).

Let’s look at the propers …

Entrance Antiphon Psalm 67: 7

The earth has yielded its fruit; may God, our God, bless us.

Same psalm is one of the Liturgy of the Word options. I might consider using this antiphon with another psalm at entrance.

Communion Antiphon Cf. Psalm 104: 13-15

The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord;
you bring forth bread from the earth, and wine to cheer the heart.

It occurs to me that Psalm 104 provides some good verses, but even better to my eye is the text from the second chapter of Joel suggested above as a first reading. This Communion antiphon above would work well with 2:21-24, 26-27 of the prophet:

Do not fear, O land!
delight and rejoice,
for the LORD has done great things!

Do not fear, you animals in the wild,
for the wilderness pastures sprout green grass.
The trees bear fruit,
the fig tree and the vine produce their harvest.

Children of Zion, delight
and rejoice in the LORD, your God!
For he has faithfully given you the early rain,
sending rain down on you,
the early and the late rains as before.

The threshing floors will be full of grain,
the vats spilling over with new wine and oil.

You will eat until you are fully satisfied,
then you will praise the name of the LORD, your God,
Who acts so wondrously on your behalf!
My people will never again be put to shame.

Then you will know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I, the LORD, am your God, and there is no other;
my people will never again be put to shame.

Some years ago, we blogged on Masses And Prayers For Various Needs And Occasions. In the GIRM, sections 368-378 cover the universal regulations on their use. You can check our brief comments here and here and here. The USCCB’s unannotated text on the matter is here.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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