Second Thursday of Lent

Daily Inspiration

Second Thursday of Lent

A tree with deep roots

From today’s Scripture: “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.”—Jer 17:8

Often, the things of God seem too good to be true. The idea that someone could love us unconditionally, heal us completely in our minds, bodies, and souls, and satisfy every desire of our hearts, and all without us having to earn or repay any of this? There has to be a catch!

The good news is that there is no catch. Our God is that big, that amazing, and that different from us. What could never be possible in our human ability is possible for God, and for us with God. 

When we invite God into our hearts, we very literally become like God, citizens of a different kingdom where the laws of human logic don’t constrain us. What typically would cause fear, stress, or anxiety no longer has the ability to paralyze and overwhelm us. We become that tree planted beside the waters: We do not fear the heat when it comes, and even in the years of drought, we will still bear fruit.

Let us pray: Lord, bring to mind the times when I have felt the closest to you. Help me identify what helped me feel close to you. Give me the strength to press in and go deeper in my relationship with you.


Today’s author is Cassie Magnotta, a Catholic creative who works as Project Manager for Glenmary Home Missioners.


Crucifix photo courtesy of Martin Jernberg

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