Saturday morning again. We are, young and old, strong and not-so-strong, on our way to do our monastic “Beehive” assignments. The assignments could be anything from sewing, to digging a trench, building a barn, dusting the church, cleaning bathrooms, etc. Some tasks take months of Saturday mornings to complete, while others are finished in an hour or two, but will need to be repeated the next Saturday. As the Rule of Benedict says, “A monk’s work is never done”.
It is mid morning; time for a half-hour break. Over a cup of hot coffee and a slice of banana bread we fellowship – we connect. We laugh, share, pet dogs (yes there are snacks for the dogs), and the kids run off their excess energy.
Beehives are industrious places. The hives are enclosed structures in which honey bees live and raise their young as well as produce honey and pollinate nearby crops. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees.