Posted by: livingscripture | November 17, 2014

Thirty-third Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves never fade.  Whatever he does prospers.”

 (Psalm 1)           

How should we live this Word 100_0256

The image of the tree is very efficacious in helping us feel the beauty and utility of the presence of those who believe in God and serve Him with their whole heart.  The tree by running waters does not experience the decay of fronds and leaves.  People who fear God know how to read the positive in their life so that ‘whatever they do prospers’ in the true meaning of the phrase.

The challenge is to change our outlook and our mentality.  The tree of which the Psalm speaks is right beside us.  It is there to be the image and the proposal of serenity and peace for us.  We are like trees in our identity as people who live their Baptism and allow themselves to be daily vivified by the river of Grace that is life in Jesus Christ daily spent with Him as gift to our sisters and brothers.

We are like trees that never decay because God’s daily Word and the frequent recourse to the heart’s center where God dwells are such certainties of love that they prevent every kind of withering.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall picture in my mind the image of the tree planted near running streams.  I am that tree and the running stream is God’s grace that nourishes me and invigorates me at every moment. 

Lord, I ask only this, keep me with You.  Let the roots of my existence go deeper and deeper into the saving waters of Your Holy Presence.  Thus, everything in me and around me will be good today and for all eternity. 

The voice of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite 

How beautiful it is to pray for each other, making an appointment with the good God where no distance or separation exists!


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