Posted by: livingscripture | April 1, 2014

Fourth Tuesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“He said to me, ‘This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah and empties into the sea, into the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live…for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.” Ezekiel 47: 8-9

 

How should we live this WordSolomon's temple

This first reading of Ezekiel presents us with a suggestive vision in which he sees a new temple from which flows prodigious water on the right side. Where it flows, it brings life and fruitfulness. The Fathers of the Church recognized in the temple seen by Ezekiel, the true Temple, Jesus. In fact, it is from the wound on His right side that there flowed blood and water. Thus, Ezekiel sees the temple and the water coming from the right side and running toward the Dead Sea, which is on the same latitude as Jerusalem, but at a depth of about a thousand meters lower. The Dead Sea contains water; however, it is dead water because it has too much salt. The water coming from the temple is pure, it is life giving.
God’s Spirit works this transformation in us and in our communities with His grace during this Lent, if we are docile to His inspirations. It is very true that within us and in our communities there is a ‘dead sea’ in which there remain spaces of bitterness, of egoism, and of divisions. These make rapports difficult and the apostolate sterile. Only the grace of the Spirit can succeed in vivifying and rendering fruitful these dead waters.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, it will humbly ask the Lord Jesus to give me the water that flows for eternal life.

Lord, as we near the Easter vigil, when the baptismal water will be blessed, grant that the Risen Lord may give us the new water that purifies us from every sin and slakes our thirst.

The voice of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

There is inside me living water that murmurs and internally says to me, ‘Come to the Father!’

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