Our first reading, thinking of one who trusts entirely in Lord, compares him or her to a tree that stretches out its roots to water. Its leaves remain green. But, thinking one who does not put trust in God, the reading compares such a one to a barren desert bush in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.
One day, I was thinking to illustrate this Sunday’s homily with two plants that resembled the ones in Our Lord’s parable. I stopped at that nursery on Herschel where a young worker approached me, asking what I needed.
When I said “I don’t know if you can help me,” he answered, “I know every plant here. What can I do for you?”
I told him I needed two quite disparate plants to illustrate a homily, and he said, “I’d better go get the boss.”