The prophet Ezekiel (17:22-24), in reflecting upon how the Davidic line will grow, uses the example of the tender shoot from the top of the cedar being planted on the top of a lofty mountain and growing strong enough to “be majestic” and “bear fruit.” Under the harshest of conditions, the chosen of the Lord can do and be like the image of the cedar! Even when we feel small and frail, much like a mustard seed, wherever we are “planted” by God, we are useful to God’s purpose providing refreshment and “shade” (Mark 4:26-34).
The “place” where we grow when we are “tender shoots” is within the sacred protection of our families. Day after day, we grow in many ways which are often imperceptible to the eye but are collectively great strides! Let us pray for the many households of Blessed Sacrament, all of which are home to the families of our parish, that they may be places where the tenderness of God’s love is experienced by all and that they be nurturing environments in which all may grow in faith, hope and love:
O God, in whose eternal design family life has its firm foundation, look with compassion on the households of this parish, that following the path of holiness in the practice of the virtues of family life and the bonds of charity, all may, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards.
Congratulations to the ladies of the CCW upon the completion of another successful Rummage Sale. Thanks to all of the workers and to all those who assisted them in this annual venture!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!