After a meeting at the Franciscan International Study Centre, I detoured past the chestnut trees on my ride home. A neighbour and his dog were already foraging, and he was happy to leave her with me and climb up to shake the tree. A great many more nuts cascaded down.
We went home well-laden with totally unearned gifts.
Once Zaccheus climbed a tree and came down to a totally unearned gift – the visit of the Good Lord to his home:
But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.
Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:8-10
At least some of my foragings will feed the welcome guests at Christmas, but I found an unexpected challenge in chestnuts: who is my neighbour? Whose house am I to bring salvation to?