Meditation for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent


First Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
Gospel: John 5:1-3, 5-16
 
It is fairly easy to those of us who are already a part of the New Covenant to understand what Ezekiel’s dream was really about – the rivers of water flowing from the sides of the temple, much like the water flowing from the side of Christ at his Crucifixion, are symbols and foreshadows of the graces that flow from Baptism, with the result being much spiritual fruit and healing (medicine).
 
But the Gospel shows a different picture of waters in Jerusalem, the home of the Temple.  Here we have a man in need of healing, which he believes can come from the waters, and yet no one is willing to help him into the waters.  Fortunately, Jesus, the One who gives us living water that will forever quench our thirst, goes to the sick man, since the sick man cannot go to the water by himself.
 
It has been said that the end of our lives will be very similar to the beginning of our lives: we are carried into a church building by others; a Mass is celebrated, as well as some rites said especially for us; our family and friends are all there to celebrate our life as well as to pray for us as we enter the next stage of our journey; we are even draped in white and carried out of the building again by others – all this to demonstrate our being buried in Christ, so as to be dead to sin.  The important thing to note in all of this is that none of it is done on our own – we are powerless to enter the waters of Baptism and we are powerless to enter the church for our own funeral.  Others are not only there as witnesses – to be a good example – but they are absolutely necessary to be the ones to bring us to Christ.
 
We have been the recipient of someone else’s efforts to bring us to Christ – have we done likewise for others?  Pray that God will use you to bring someone to Him.
 
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