'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18
There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts and the deepest observed living root was found to be 60 metres! Some roots can grow as deep as a tree is high. The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.
It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.
Yesterday was the the feast day of Corpus Christi. This feast day celebrates the significance of the Eucharist in our lives. Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. The Eucharist (or Mass as it better known as) gives us spiritual sustenance at key moments of our lives. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life. Most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden but we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of this vital root system we are all included.