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“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24)
Wheat is often used as a symbol of rebirth, or new life, or sometimes of the life of a community. At our house, we are growing wheat right now. A couple of years ago, I planted a container of wheat at the beginning of Lent. Nothing happened for the first two days after we scattered the seeds, covered them with some soil, and watered them. Then, on the third day, we noticed something: the seeds were swelling and starting to put out little roots. By the fifth day, there were little green shoots pushing up out of the soil. In the second week, there were days when you could almost see the shoots growing, reaching for light. Four full weeks into Lent, the wheat grass was about 10 inches tall. The fruit of our tabletop wheat garden was the fruit of reflection, of taking time to watch it grow, of wondering at God’s creation.
Before watching this wheat spring up in the middle of our dining room table, I never really understood how the symbolism of wheat connects to Easter. Now I know!! It takes three days for wheat to germinate. Three days to die and come back to life.