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March 17, 2022

In Scripture, whenever I hear the words, “Blessed are they who…,” I brace myself for a challenge. Remembering that the Cross of Jesus is a contradiction, I open my mind to the truth that, when we compare God’s ways with the ways of the world, often, what seems bad is good, and what seems good is bad.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream (Jeremiah 15:7-8).

At first glance, this does not seem to fit the pattern I described above; things seem good for that tree. It is planted beside waters. But then, I look again…

This tree is thirsty, and there is a perfectly good stream beside it, but its roots haven’t reached the water yet. Perhaps the tree, if it were human, would ask God to send rain; perhaps it would ask for a laborer to dig a trench to satiate its thirst. But those prayers are not answered in that way. God says, “I gave you roots; Come to me… stretch!”

This process is slow, perhaps painful. The tree needs water; it thirsts. Yet, it is precisely that need that allows the roots to grow.

In the Gospel today, we hear the story of poor Lazarus, who “received what was bad” in his lifetime. He did not rebel against the Lord. He remained because he placed his trust in God.

When circumstances seem bad, let us remember that God’s grace is always enough for us. Let us remain planted beside the Blessed Sacrament and allow our roots to grow. This does not mean we have to remain physically seated by the Tabernacle, but that our hearts remain trusting, rooted in his Eucharistic love.

Let us pray:

May this sacrifice, O God, remain active in its effects and work ever more strongly within us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the Prayer after Communion)

 

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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.