Tuesday, April 01, 2014

God’s Waters Flow

By Beth DeCristofaro

The angel brought me, Ezekiel, back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD, and I saw water flowing out … He said to me, “This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.  Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.  (Ezekiel 47: 1, 8-9, 12)

When Jesus saw (the sick man) lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.  …  (Jesus said to him) “Look, you are well; do not sin any more.  (John 5: 6-9, 14)

Come, O Holy Spirit!
Come, open us to the wonder, beauty, and dignity of the diversity found in each culture, in each face, and in each experience we have of the other among us.
Come, fill us with generosity as we are challenged to let go and allow others to share with us the goods and beauty of earth.
Come, heal the divisions that keep us from seeing the face of Christ in all men, women, and children.
Come, free us to stand with and for those who must leave their own lands in order to find work, security, and welcome in a new land, one that has enough to share.
Come, bring us understanding, inspiration, wisdom, and the courage needed to embrace change and stay on the journey.
Come, O Holy Spirit, show us the way.

Today, April 1, would have been my grandmother’s 112 birthday had she lived beyond her 87 years.  She often told me that she did not want to live to be 100 even though I thought it would have been more than wonderful if she lived from her day of birth, April Fool’s Day 1900, to April Fool’s Day 2000.  It was more important to her to live a meaningful life, not a long life.  Her family emigrated from Ireland at the turn of the century and she and her 15 brothers and sisters were raised to work hard and live morally.  She likewise raised my mother and her two siblings.

The Scripture readings today speak of the life-giving qualities of water which become sacred signs when yielded by God.  The lavish flow of water from the temple and the compassionate healing by Jesus show God’s goodness and gifts to all of us.  My grandmother, although having very difficult periods during her life, certainly experienced the abundance of God’s gifts living here in the United States, working hard with my grandfather and living with material needs met.  There are many hard-working, poor people today looking to come to the prosperous United States to better their lives just as my Irish forebears did.   God’s abundant love is for them as well as for those of us lucky enough to have been born here.


Today Mass will be said at Nogales, AZ, on the Mexican border, concelebrated by several US Bishops in memoriam of more than 6,000 immigrants who have died trying to enter the US from Mexico.  Join them in prayer or Mass (12 Noon ET is at the time of the 9 a.m. Mass on the border) for migrants and refugees around the world.  Read more at the USCCB website.  http://usccb.org/about/migration-policy/mass-on-the-border.cfm

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