Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12, Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9, & John 5:1-16
Today the prophet Ezekiel shares a vision of God leading him to waters rippling from the temple. At first, Ezekiel is invited to wade in ankle-deep, then knee-deep, and further on waist-deep, until eventually, Ezekiel must swim in the deep waters of the river. God invites Ezekiel to the river's bank, which is filled with many fruit-bearing trees. God then promises that the river's waters will make all the seas fresh, enabling the trees to bear fruit continually, and bring life-giving waters to all living things.
In the Gospel narrative of Saint John, Jesus finds a man, ill for thirty-eight years, at the pool of Bethesda, awaiting the sacred waters' movement so that he could enter and be healed. Jesus asks the man, "Do you want to be well?" The man replied that he had waited in vain over time and could not reach the waters before someone else first entered the pool. By Jesus' words, "Rise, take up your mat, and walk," the man is healed.
The appearance of water in today's readings presents a strong representation of our baptismal waters, which we again meet in the Easter Vigil service at the end of our Lenten journey. Lent invites us to renew our initial immersion into the faith community's waters; it is our "Yes" to the belief that each of us is truly a child of God from the moment of creation as we are made in God's image.
During our Lenten journey, we ask ourselves how far we dare go to re-enter the baptismal waters. Do we wade in ankle-deep, knee-deep, waist-deep, or freely give ourselves to swim in God's life-giving waters?
Question of the Day: Am I ready for God's healing touch in my life?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, be always near me and strengthen me, for I am your child. Let Your holy will be fulfilled in me and through me. Amen.