EZ 47:1-9, 12; PS 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; JN 5:1-16
Reflection: As you read through the first reading today did you see the link that could be made between the water flowing from the temple and the water flowing from Christ. Think back to Christ crucified and being pierced by the sword. Blood and water flowed from His side. From His death and the water that flowed from Him, we have been washed clean and made fresh, just as the salt water is made fresh when the river flows into it. “For wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.” Wherever the love of Christ flows, new life will spring up and bear fruit. We are washed clean and healed in the waters of Baptism and from there we will be nourished and grow and bear much fruit through our ongoing seeking of God and the truth through the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Reflection for younger saints: When Jesus died on the cross He saved us and made it so we can live forever in heaven. Jesus continues to give us all that we need so we can grow and be strong, and we can serve and love Him in all that we do.
Big Picture: We are watered by Christ
Younger saints: In what Sacrament are we washed clean and the sins of original sin are forgiven? When we are older, how does Jesus wash us clean and forgive our sins?
Older saints: Today’s first reading gives us a beautiful picture of Jesus’ love and forgiveness flowing into and transforming our lives just as the fresh water invades the salt water. It is only through Jesus that we can grow and bear fruit, for nothing will grow in salt water. Are you trying to “go it alone” and trying to grow and flourish in salt water? Or are you allowing Jesus to invade your life and fill you with fresh water so you can bear much fruit? What areas of your life are you holding back from God?
Fun Fact: The Paten is the sacred plate that holds the Body of Christ.
Saint of the day:
Name: Saint Maximilian
What they are remembered for: St. Maximilian was martyred for his faith at the age of 21. He refused to serve in his country’s army as he saw this as something a faithful Christian would not do. He was executed as a result. He is quoted as stating: "I will never serve. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ. My army is the army of God, and I cannot fight for this world. I tell you I am a Christian."
Feast day: March 12