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March 24, Chidolue SJ - Jesuits of North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

"I Am Like A Cypress Ever Green, All Your Fruitfulness Comes From Me."

Friday, Third Week of Lent

March 24, 2017

Hosea 14:2-10

By *Fr. Peter Chidolue, SJ

Where does your joy come from? Where does your success come from? Where does your peace come from? Where does your happiness come from? If any of these comes from things or persons, then you have every reason to be afraid and to be worried.

No human being or thing can give your lasting peace, joy, happiness or success. Everything we have that comes from human beings or things will end and fade.

The Lord reminds us through the words of Prophet Hosea that He is like a cypress ever green, and that all our fruitfulness comes from Him. We should never allow ourselves to forget this. God is the source of all our joys, peace, happiness and success. All these are His gifts. We get all the gifts that adorn our lives from God's never-exhaustive storehouse.

When we love God with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our strength, and when we remain connected with Him, we will become like an ever-flowing stream, like an ever-green cypress, our joys, our peace, our happiness and our successes will never end, because our fruitfulness will flow from the Lord.

May God keep us ever connected to Him.

*Fr. Peter Chidolue, SJ, is a retreat minister who lives and works at St. Peter Claver House in Brafo Yaw, Cape Coast, Ghana.

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