Thought of the Day February 5, 2019 Are you ready to plunge into the river of grace?

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Plunging into the water of grace is the revelation of God to the prophet Ezekiel in Chapter 47.

As the prophet comes near the end of the book, Ezekiel announces God’s plans for restoring his people. The newly restored people of God will have a new temple, a priesthood, restored sacrifices, and an ideal Promised Land to inhabit. 

This is what God provides. But the people must respond to the provisions of the Lord for them. How? Listen to the words of the prophet.

Ez 47:1-4) Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and there! I saw water flowing out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east. The water flowed out toward the right side of the temple to the south of the altar. He brought me by way of the north gate and around the outside to the outer gate facing east; there I saw water trickling from the southern side. When he continued eastward with a measuring cord in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and once more had me wade through the water; it was up to the knees. He measured another thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was up to my waist. Once more he measured off a thousand cubits. Now it was a river I could not wade across. The water had risen so high, I would have to swim—a river that was impassable.

The central image of our reading is water. Water flows out from the Temple and brings abundant life with it. Are we ready to plunge into the river of grace God offers us in the sacraments? (To be continued)

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