That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you—
Giving it all back.
Consider the simple green bud of self
and within, all our restless fertility.
Consider our short-lived tenancy as its tiller
and tender. How things fall through.
How rest is not loss, still is not fallow.
How to stop without sacrifice.
From we who desire by Sue Swartz
When does money become holy?
God says: When you come to the land, every seventh year
you must renounce ownership of the land
and share that year’s produce with your servant of every kind
and with your animals that labor with you
and with the animals of nature.
And God says: If you follow My Laws…
I will grant your rains in their season;
and the Land shall give forth its yield.
Then God tells the Laws
of how a person may donate money
to God’s Temple.
We think of our wealth
as our own.
But if you share your wealth
with the community around you,
and if you know your wealth comes
only through God’s rain—
then your wealth can truly hold value,
then your money can be made holy to God.
Leviticus 25:2,6; 26:3-4; 27:3
From The House at the Center of the World