Water is a theme in today’s readings. In the first reading from Ezekiel 47, the Angel of the Lord brings Ezekiel to the temple, from which water flows. It starts as a trickle and the further they go from the temple the water grows until it becomes a flowing river, feeding everything around.
In the Gospel reading from John 5, Jesus meets up with a man in the temple area at the pool of Bethesda. The man seeks to be healed in the waters of the pool, but can never get there on time. Jesus then heals him on the spot.
Water is the stuff of life. It also has great healing properties. These stories today remind us of many things, not the least of which is our connection with water. We are healed – made new – in the waters of baptism. Holy water is precious to Catholics. We use it every time we enter a church, reminding us of our baptism. Our greatest healing comes from the One who gives us living water – Christ Jesus the Lord.
Father, thank you for giving us the healing water of baptism, and the living water from your Son, Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
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