Since my preaching ministry is on hold, I intend to…
Since my preaching ministry is on hold, I intend to post a homily every day on the readings in the lectionary
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Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12, Psalm 45,
John 5:1-3, 5-16
The waters of a river give joy to God’s city
Introduction: There are no living organisms in the Dead Sea. Small fish swim towards it in tributary streams but do not survive. In the first reading, Ezekiel describes a symbolic vision of the age to come, in which life-giving water streams from the restored temple in Jerusalem. The arid desert around the Dead Sea is transformed by life-giving water.
Good News: In the Gospel a paralysed man waits on his mat for someone to lower him into a miraculous pool. Jesus, described in John’s Gospel as giving living water, tells the man to get up with his mat and to walk. Because he does this on the Sabbath, Jesus is criticised by his opponents.
Application: At our baptism we were given the power to get up and to begin a new life. With many of us under curfew because of the lock down, we have more time to reflect on everything that is dead and sterile in our lives that can come alive through Jesus, who is the living water bringing life to the world.