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I enjoyed creating this talk to fit into a women’s retreat about Christ’s offer of “living water”. They gave me a free hand to choose my topic and approach, and I chose the promise, in Psalm 1, that we “shall be like trees, planted by streams of living water.”
Their focus was on the woman at the well, to whom Christ offered living water. Mine wove in this Old Testament reference, and they worked together beautifully.
God’s grace does ‘rain’ down on the righteous and the unrighteous, but is also cached, for those with taproots, far beneath the surface. To get to this abundant supply, we need to extend those roots and reach deeply into our Catholic heritage, Liturgy, and Divine Office.
We need to cultivate a poetic receptivity that draws in supernatural grace naturally.
I love the tree as a metaphor for me, growing spirally up through round after round of sameness. One begins to love those cycles as soon as it becomes clear they are actually leading upward, onward toward eternal destiny and toward holiness. Without that, we’d just be on the appalling and pointless Hindu wheel of life.
Praise God that we really are like trees!