I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.
Ezekiel 17 22:24
Praised be Jesus everyone!
Today the Church (Ordinary form) celebrates the eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. I would like to reflect for a minute on the first reading of today's Mass. The first reading this Sunday is actually very appropriate considering it's proximity to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. In this reading the prophet speaks of the shoot being transplanted to the high lofty mountain where it flourishes and bears fruit, and becomes a shade and shelter for the birds of the air. We to must be transplanted, from the soil of this world, into the soil of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is only in the divine saviors love and grace that we can truly grow and achieve holiness. When we abide in the Heart of Jesus we become a strong tree, that others seeking holiness, will come to us for shelter, will seek our aid in time of hardship, and we in turn can help them on their path to holiness that they may also take root in the soil of the Lord.