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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 31, A.D. 2003

Ezekiel 47:1-9,12
Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9
John 5:1-16

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your mat and walk." (John 5:8)

On the natural level we know that water which covers about 75% of the earth's surface is not only plentiful but also the most essential ingredient in all life forms. On the supernatural level, water symbolizes God's love, all His blessings that are ever flowing out to us from His very heart. Problems arise on earth during times of drought when thousands of acres of crops are destroyed by lack of rain. We also hear daily of another kind of devastation to human lives, when people victimize one another by giving in to greed and aggression resulting from their refusal to drink God's living water promised by Christ to the Samaritan woman at the well and to all of us. It is this water that leads to the cleansing of our sins, enables us to love unconditionally as God loves us and bears us forth to eternal life.

Christ Himself opens God's floodgates for us; through Him, by our abiding in His living Word, we can drink of this water which quenches thirst as no earthly water can do. Humanity selfishly, unceasingly pursues money, pleasure, possessions, fame, power and autonomy because these worldly waters can never slake our deepest desires. Souls so afflicted become dry as tinder; and lacking God's life - His love, within themselves - they have no overflow, nothing that can give life to others.

Today's Gospel asks some difficult questions. What has this crippled man done or failed to do over a span of 38 years to bring healing to himself by being immersed in this living water in the pool? Had he sat idly by, steeped in self-pity, not seeking help from God or man? Living water, our salvation, is available to all; but it is we, in obedience to God's Word, who must "take up our mats and walk" to receive it. The alternative is dying as hopeless spiritual cripples.

Father of all life,
open our hearts
to receive your love, truth and goodness
and teach us
how we may best share these blessings
with others.

- Marie Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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