Posted by: livingscripture | November 9, 2017

Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 9, 2017

31st Thursday in Ordinary Time

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Streams of the river gladden the city of God,

the holy dwelling of the Most High.   (Psalm 4: 5)

 

How shall I live this Word?

The words of this responsorial psalm reconnect to today’s first reading where the Prophet Ezekiel speaks of a river of pure water that flows from the right side of a temple.  The waters bring life to whatever they reach.  Every kind of fruit tree grows along the shore and the fruit matures monthly because, as the text says, the waters flow out of the sanctuary and the fruit has a double value: they serve as both food and medicine.

Remembering all this makes it easier to understand how the waters of this flowing and prestigious river gladden the “city of God” which is the image of our own life.  The waters do not descend from the mountains or who knows where; they come tumbling from a temple.   This is the central and strong point of this lovely descriptive page, rich in meaning.  The first obvious meaning is the fact that the waters flow from a temple.  It is evident that the temple here represents the Church.  The city of God instead, represents in this context, each one of us who believe.  We are all this city that is given life by the waters of salvation.  However, there is a pact.  We must live our faith, nourishing it every day by contact with the Word of God, this abundant living water that not only vivifies but also brings joy.

In a society that is often troubled and irritated, grant that I may let myself be made joyful by You, Lord; by Your Word, by the daily habit of spending time with You, reading, meditating, and praying.  I know that this living water will give vigor, meaning, and joy to my days.

 

The Voice of Emily Dickinson, American Christian Poet  

If I can stop a heart from breaking, I will not have lived in vain.  If I ease the suffering of a life or heal a sorrow or help a fallen robin to get back into its nest, I will not have lived in vain.

 

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