St. Joseph Province

Missionaries Of Compassion

“Do as I have done” Jn 13,15


Deeply Rooted

A writer and a farmer were talking one day in a local café about the farmer’s soybean and corn crops. Rain had been abundant in recent weeks, and the results were evident. The soybeans and corn were shooting up dramatically.

“All of this rain must be a great relief to you,” the writer said. The farmer replied, “My crops are especially vulnerable now.”
‘What do you mean?” the writer asked. The farmer replied, “Even a short drought could have a devastating effect.”

“Why is that?” the writer asked. The farmer explained, “When it rains so much, the plants are not required to push their roots deeper into the earth in search of water. All of the roots remain near the surface. If a slight drought hits and begins to dry out the earth, it also dries out those shallow roots. The plants then die quickly.” He concluded, “A good plant needs deep roots that can withstand what happens above the ground.”


Choose to send down roots deeper into love God and man, social values and concerns, etc. into what is lasting. Then when times of stress hit your life, a deeply rooted love of God and your brother will give you the power to endure.

If the roots are deep and strong, the tree needn’t worry. It does not fear when heat comes; the leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought or tempests; and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7, 8.

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