A weekly reflection from along the Pilgrim Path. This week Fr La is reflecting on ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’
‘Old Roots, New Shoots’
Now that winter has stripped back the foliage
bare branches offer their own insights.
I see how new growth has sprouted up
from the stump of a felled tree.
Along the trunk of another tree
tossed over in some by-gone storm
vigorous new shoots emerge.
Old roots can put up new life.
Centuries ago, Isaiah noted that this can happen,
and he offered this image of hope to a dispirited people.
The line of David would find new life:
‘A shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse.’
May we be blessed with new hope in this winter time.
Fr La Flynn