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I SEE A BRANCH OF AN ALMOND TREE (Jer 1, 10-12)

BY BRO MARIANO DI VITO, OFM CAP.


During this time of year the  bare, rocky hills of the Gargano promontory  seem almost less austere with the gentle, bright blossoms of the almond trees. The small white and pink blossoms of this tree are  the  first encouraging  signs of the return of spring: of  Beauty!
In Sacred Scripture that  mirrors humanity and intricately bound to the language of symbols, we find different references to the gnarled and gentle almond tree.
It  is referred to in an early  prophecy of Jeremiah. “Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching to perform My word’” (Jer 1, 10-12).
 The Hebrew word for almond, shaked, is also translated “to watch,” and the text here plays on this double sense. The almond, the first tree to bloom, is like  a sentinel who  sees before others, watches over the safety of the city, and warns when something new and unexpected is to happen....


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