I saw water flowing out. (Ezekiel 47:1)
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March 28, 2017
EZEKIEL 47:1-9, 12 (OR MICAH 7:7-9)
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.”
Meditation for 28th Mar 2017 wau.org/meditations/
I saw water flowing out. (Ezekiel 47:1)
Throughout salvation history, the imagery of rivers and streams has been used to show God’s desire to heal and refresh his people. Genesis tells us that a river watered the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:10). Jeremiah announced that those who place their confidence in God are like a tree planted by the water and bearing much fruit (Jeremiah 17:8). Ezekiel saw a river flowing from the Temple—a river whose waters deepened and broadened until they brought healing for all the nations (Ezekiel 47:1-9). And Psalm 46 tells of a river that gladdens the whole of Jerusalem (Psalm 46:5).
All of these images find their greatest fulfillment in the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was through the Spirit that the Church was born and is sustained. Beginning with the waters of baptism and ending with the promise of a drink from the river of life, the Holy Spirit is the one who fills us with hope, lifts our hearts with joy, and refreshes us in God’s love and grace.
Try to imagine all that the Holy Spirit does. Like a powerful river flowing through the Church, the Spirit nourishes us and moves us along the road to heaven. He brings to life the sacraments, the liturgy, and the teachings of the Church so that we can embrace them and be transformed by them. He unfolds the mysteries of the gospel, the attributes of God, and the unending love and mercy of Christ. He gives us words of wisdom and counsel, a sense of hope and peace, even healing from hurtful memories that have kept us bound for years.
Since God is so generous, let’s avail ourselves of the river of life. Let’s consume all the nourishment he wants to give us in his word and sacrament. Let’s proclaim our faith in the Lord and ask him to fill us up. As we do, we will feel his refreshment and renewal flowing in our hearts. Only the Holy Spirit can do these things—and he is more than willing to do it!
“Come, Holy Spirit, and open my heart. Let your living water flow in me and through me so that your refreshment can reach more and more people in the world.”