March 17, 2015 Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; John 5:1-16
Guest Blogger: SMAlbertine Stachowski, cssf
Water is a resource we often take for granted. To us … it is abundant and clean … yet we respect it as powerful … cleansing … refreshing … and life-giving.
To the Israelites who experienced a desert climate … water was precious. Both of the readings today use the image of water and set before us an invitation and a promise. We are invited to take the plunge and anticipate the promise of healing … and of forgiveness.
In the first reading … water … life-giving water … flows from the temple. It is healing and salvific … a blessing … especially in a desert climate.
The water in the pool of Bethesda … is there … waiting to offer healing for those who immerse themselves.
We are all invited to dive in … to immerse ourselves in the water of life … especially during the Lenten season.
May we allow God’s mercy and forgiveness to wash over us … so that we … like the man in today’s Gospel … may be healed … cleansed … refreshed. May we be freed of our lameness and paralysis … whatever it may be … as we walk our paths of life.
Now is our chance to accept the invitation and promise … to stir up the waters of our own baptism and be refreshed … healed and restored as we continue journeying through this Lenten season.