READINGS for 2006-03-28
JARS OF WATER
I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the Temple... ? Ezekiel 47:1
This is what I call a grand slam. Three readings pointing to the same thing. What is this same thing? Maybe it?s the same thing that Jars of Clay saw in water. The holy spirit? The trinity? Our dependence on God?s Word ? as we are dependent on water to live? The waters of our baptism? Jars of Clay figured it out, how about you? Jomar H.
May I be sensitive to those who are thirsty. May my life quench their thirst on Your behalf.
The water that flows through and from the Temple of God is life-giving. It is an allegory for faith. Our lives are barren and without fruit when we lack faith. But they will always be fruitful if we live a faith-filled life. We may not be able to see the fruits of a life of faith at all times because so often what God is doing is ?behind the scenes? work in our life. Think of the work that goes into a theater production or film for a two-hour performance. Let us not be surprised that much of the work God does with us is hidden.
1 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the facade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side. 3 Then when he had walked off to the east with a measuring cord in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water, which was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand and once more had me wade through the water, which was now knee-deep. Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade; the water was up to my waist. 5 Once more he measured off a thousand, but there was now a river through which I could not wade; for the water had risen so high it had become a river that could not be crossed except by swimming. 6 He asked me, ?Have you seen this, son of man?? Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit. 7 Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides. 8 He said to me, ?This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. 9 Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. 12 Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.?
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
R: The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER
How often have you been driven mad by the ?nitpicking? antics of others? Or perhaps it is you who does the nitpicking. I find few things more tiresome and annoying than someone who keeps trying to delay a course of action with ill-founded and often completely ridiculous or stupid arguments! Yes, there is a time to criticize, but not to do it without real reason. Today?s Gospel is a case in point.
Lord Jesus, You chose obedience to Your Father?s will over all other concerns. You were not swayed by the opinions of others that had no basis in moral truth. You lived a life of holiness in the service of others. Help me to do the same.
St. Sixtus III, pope, pray for us.
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