Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, April 5, 2011 (Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Lourdes in France is to bathe in the water, or otherwise come in contact with, the water that flows in abudnance from the spring. That water began as a trickle in the year 1858 when Blessed Mother told Bernadette to dig with her hands in the soil. That water continues to flow in great abundance, and for many people it has been instrument of healing for many people throughout the years.

Water is a symbol of life, in general. It's for us, of course, a very powerful symbol of the waters of baptism that give us new life in Christ. Water is also prominent in both of our readings here this morning.

In the first reading, we had the vision of Ezequiel: the water flowing from the temple, which was very powerful, became a great river; it brought life to everything it touched. It was so powerful that it turned salt water into fresh water, the symbol, of course, of life flowing and all the blessings flowing from God in great abundance.

In the Gospel passage, again we have water. The pool into which the sick man had been trying for years to get into first unsucessful. But Jesus came along and he didn't need to get into the water; Jesus healed him directly. And Jesus has brought us life, brought us the new life that we receive in baptism. And from Jesus flows life and blessings in great abundance. And we can change the vision of Ezequiel a little bit and say it's not from the temple that the water in abundance flows, it is from the cross of Jesus from Calvary, through Jesus that life-giving water flows and touches all of us.

And so let us reach out to receive that water from our Lord Jesus Christ. Let's remember, as we receive Jesus in holy communion this morning, that he offers us the life-giving waters of eternal life.

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