Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Ez 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12
Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.
Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the sea, the sea of stagnant waters, the water will become fresh. Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish, once these waters reach there. It will become fresh; and everything will live where the river goes.
On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The first reading today humbles me. We are in a time of transition in our year, in the midst of many feasts, and heading into many more. I can already feel the anticipation of Christ’s birth, and the wonder that surrounds our preparations. Most notably, the reading today guides us to explore our desires as we seek confirmation in knowing not only that God’s love surrounds us, but that his love is life-giving and nurturing. I am humbled as this reading reminds me that I am surrounded by the abundance the Lord has provided, and the affirmation that he will provide.
—Bernadette Gillick is a Marquette University alumna, and a former Clinical Instructor for Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern. Her ministry continues as a clinical researcher discovering treatments for stroke during infancy.
Lord, each day, may I recognize the abundance around me, and be nourished by my faith in you. Amen.