In today's first reading from Ezekiel 47, we see a prefigurement of the Church. Water is so important to our faith lives. Read it and see if you can find all the beautiful symbolism there.
In the Gospel reading from John 5, Jesus cures a man who has been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus slipped away, and met up with the man later. He told him, "Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you." Why would Jesus say this? And what could be worse than being inform for thirty-eight years?
Even though the man had been healed, Jesus knew the power of sin. The devil is constantly tempting us, hoping we will fall into sin, severing our relationship with God. This could lead to something far worse than physical infirmity - the loss of hope or even the loss of our soul. Problems of the flesh are not fun, but they pale in comparison to losing our soul. Christ has power over sin, so we must always stay close to and rely on Him and His strength.
Father, help us to sin no more. Keep us ever close to you through your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.
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