It has been said that in order to move freely, we must be deeply rooted. We Catholics have deep roots. When I was ordained a priest, I was told, “You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.” Hebrews tells us of this man. He was king of Salem. He seemingly had no roots at all: he was “without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life.” But he had roots deeper than any human roots. He was rooted in the Lord, in whose likeness the one from whom he came, and in his priesthood he moved all over and touched the lives of thousands. Our roots are also in the Lord, and with those roots we can do anything the Lord wills, go wherever he calls us to go. Sometimes we have trials and problems and so on, and wounds like the man with the withered hand in our gospel–but, being deeply rooted, we are able to do what that man does–STRETCH, reach up to the Lord. It’s true. To move freely we must be deeply rooted.