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Tuesday, fourth week of Lent

March 12, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Entrance Antiphon:
All who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord.
Though you have no money, come and drink with joy.

Collect:
May the venerable exercises of holy devotion
shape the hearts of Your faithful, O Lord,
to welcome worthily the Paschal Mystery
and proclaim the praises of Your salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 (the vision of the stream flowing from the temple)
Psalm 46:2-9 “The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge”
+John 5:1-16 (the Sabbath healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda)

When you’ve water from within
you needn’t fear an outward threat,
for none outside you
can diminish your supply.

I saw water flowing…from…the temple
~Ezekiel 47:1

There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High
~Psalm 48:5

Are you not aware that you are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
~1 Corinthians 3:16

He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures say,
from within him rivers of living water shall flow
~John 7:38

The only threat is from within:

No one is injured in regard to the soul
if we do not injure ourselves in regard to the soul;
and how this is, I now say.
Has any one taken away your substance?
He has not injured you in regard to your soul, but your money.
But if you cherish ill-will against him,
you have injured yourself in regard to your soul.
For the money taken away has done you no damage,
no, it has even been profitable,
but you by not dismissing your anger
will give account in the other world for this cherishing of ill-will.
Has any one reviled you and insulted you?
He has in no way injured your soul, and not even your body.
Have you reviled in return and insulted?
You have injured yourself in regard to your soul,
for the words which you have said, you are about to render account there;
and this I wish you to know chiefly of all,
that the Christian, and faithful man,
no one is able to injure in regard to the soul,
not even the devil himself;
and not only is this wonderful,
that God has made us inaccessible to all the devil’s designs,
but that He has constituted us fit for the practice of virtue,
and there is no hindrance, if we will,
even though we be poor, weak in body, outcast, nameless, bondservants.
For neither poverty, nor infirmity, nor deformity of body, nor servitude,
nor any other of such things could ever become a hindrance to virtue
~St. John Chrysostom

Do you blame your spiritual problems on someone or something outside of yourself?
How would your life be different if you put more energy
into keeping the living water flowing in your own heart
than into trying to defend yourself against others?

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