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Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
The prophet Jeremiah likens Israel, when it was obedient to God, to a “green olive tree, fair with goodly fruit.” Jeremiah returns to the olive tree to foretell the coming of the Messiah, when the Lord would “raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
Paul expands the metaphor, describing baptized Gentiles as “a wild olive shoot…grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree.” We still share the “rich root” of Israel, and as members of the branch of Jesus, we bear good fruit when we trust in God’s grace and grow in love.
MOVING FORWARD: Read Psalm 52 during your evening meal. Maybe enjoy some olives, as well!
Today the Church remembers John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407.