Audio Readings March 20, 2012 ,4th Week of Lent

Ezekiel 47:1-9,12;Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9; John 5:1-16

“Their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.” (Ezekiel 47:12)

In a vision, the prophet Ezekiel saw a stream of water flowing from the Temple in Jerusalem through the Arabah and into the Dead Sea. The Arabah is a geological rift that encompasses the Sea of Galilee at its northern end, the Jordan River in the middle, and the Dead Sea in the south. In this vision, the water flowed into the Dead Sea with such abundance and vitality that it fresh­ened that whole body of stagnant water and brought it back to life. All along the banks of the sea—from En-gedi to En-eglaim—the people were able to fish and find fresh water to produce and sustain life.

Ezekiel was prophesying about the restoration of Jerusalem that would take place when the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon. But through the grace of inspired hind­sight, we can see this vision as also foreshadowing the work of Christ. The Temple in Jerusalem was the place where God dwelled and where worship was centered. In his incar­nation, Jesus became a new temple, opening the way to the heavenly Jerusalem, where all God’s people live in lasting peace and fulfillment. Through his death on the cross, Jesus rescued us from exile and cap­tivity to sin so that we could drink the life-giving water of his Holy Spirit.

What water are you drinking these days? We all have a thirst for meaning and purpose in our lives. If we seek to quench this thirst through material possessions, sen­sual fulfillment, or esteem from others, we will never be truly satis­fied. We were created for God, and only he can refresh us. Only he can give us the water that produces life.

Scripture promises that if we sat­isfy ourselves with God’s living water, we will bear fruit that brings healing, refreshment, and life to the people around us. That’s probably the best way to tell what we’ve been drinking. If we are reaping the fruits of peace, harmony, trust, and kind­heartedness, we can be sure that it’s because the Spirit is feeding us. If not, it’s a sure sign that we need to spend more time with the Lord!

“Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me with your life. I want to bear fruit for the kingdom!” ~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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