TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT
EZ 47: 1-9, 12
PS 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
JN 5: 1-16
If you are starting to feel parched from our journey with Jesus into the desert, today's readings are a refreshing way to quench that thirst! As a liturgical musician I find Lent a dry, somber period. Where we normally rock the house with raucous and uplifting melodies, Lent encourages us all take a step in a more reflective and pensive direction. The introspective music deeply echoes our Lenten directive to take that- sometimes frustrating and often challenging - journey with Jesus into the unknown. Today's readings are a deeply mystical vision from Ezekiel filled with water imagery (I imagine a trippy Pink Floyd dreamscape).These readings tell of God's promise of great things to come. These images remind us that no matter how much we thirst on this desert adventure, God will quench that thirst with unstoppable rivers of love, hope and deep peace. But let's not forget about the Gospel reading! Here Jesus works a miracle – on the Sabbath nonetheless! - seemingly violating Sabbath law. Jesus - the realization, the embodiment of God's new promise as prophesied in the first reading - breaks the chains of our bondage in our great salvation ministry, fulfilling God's promise beyond our wildest imaginations. So be strong and hold firm! The house will soon rock once again with resounding jubilation as we bask in the flowing and never ending waters of God's grace!
Sean Dineen is the Choir Director for the 9:00 p.m. Mass Choir.