“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 17:7-8)
We place our trust and hopes on such trivial things. We want and desire things that our beyond our control. The beauty of today’s first reading is that it reminds us that we are only truly blessed if we place our complete trust in the Lord. When we do, Jeremiah compares us to a tree planted by the water that has long and deep roots: it is very difficult to tear it down. Those who trust in God will not be deterred by the things they cannot control because their faith is not placed in the things of this world rather it is firmly rooted in Christ. We must abandon our will to the Lord this Lent so it may more perfectly conform to his own.