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TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT, MARCH 29, 2022



A Reading from Ez 47:1-9, 12


The angel brought me, Ezekiel,

back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,

and I saw water flowing out

from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,

for the façade of the temple was toward the east;

the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,

south of the altar.

He led me outside by the north gate,

and around to the outer gate facing the east,

where I saw water trickling from the right side.

Then when he had walked off to the east

with a measuring cord in his hand,

he measured off a thousand cubits

and had me wade through the water,

which was ankle-deep.

He measured off another thousand

and once more had me wade through the water,

which was now knee-deep.

Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade;

the water was up to my waist.

Once more he measured off a thousand,

but there was now a river through which I could not wade;

for the water had risen so high it had become a river

that could not be crossed except by swimming.

He asked me, “Have you seen this, son of man?”

Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit.

Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides.

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.

Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,

for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.

Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”


REFLECTION

"Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine"


Throughout the Bible we read many stories of how God uses water to purify different people: Moses hitting the rock with his staff to bring forth water (Ex 17:1); the cure of Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5); the Baptism of Repentance by John the Baptist (Lk 3); amongst many.


When we enter a church, the Baptismal fount is usually placed in a very predominant place. This is, it is hard to miss where it is. We walk over there and cross ourselves as we enter into our church.


Holy Water is one of the many Sacramentals we have in the Catholic Church.

"Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy." (CCC 1667)

Sacramentals are not magic items that will bring us luck, or will twist God's will into our own.


They are symbols that aid us sanctify our everyday lives. Many of us wear religious medals, say prayers over meals, have other religious items around our homes to remind us of God and His saints throughout the day.


Easter Vigil will be with us pretty soon. The Water will be blessed during midnight Mass, and the Catechumens will be baptized in this Water. During Easter time we will be sprinkled with Holy Water.


Why not fill a little container with this and bring it home so we can bring this blessing to our families, ourselves...?


God bless y'all!





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