The Miracle of Living Water

What a miracle: water flowing from rock!   We might expect that the gift of water from God in the dry desert would happen with water bubbling up from the ground like a miracle well.  No.  God takes it to the extreme: water gushes forth from the hard rock.

Another miracle: blood and water flowing from the side of Jesus on the cross.  The rod of Moses is like the lance of the Roman soldier thrust into the side of Jesus.   The gift of living water and the saving blood of Jesus flow out.  

Sit in the silence. Picture water from way inside you flowing up and out as you breathe in and out.  The miracle of Christ’s Living Water is always with us.

Numbers 20:1-12

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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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The Lord of the Sabbath

Friday                             The Lord of the Sabbath               Matthew 12

The essences of all the readings of the week are found in today’s Gospel.  Jesus’ image of the divided house recalls Isaiah’s telling about the coming downfall of Egypt.  We recall the story of the Ark of the Covenant in Tuesday’s reading when Jesus tells the Pharisees that there is, “One greater than the Temple” in their midst.  Wednesday’s psalm about worship balances Jesus’ teaching about God’s preference for “Mercy and not sacrifice.” Paul’s teaching about sin and grace forms a backdrop to the sin of blasphemy against the Spirit.  This is to grieve the Holy Spirit so deeply by claiming that it is the devil at work in Jesus. Imagine that!

Think of it this way: when the cows led the Ark back to God’s people, how would the Holy Spirit have felt if the people turned the cows around, to walk back down the road again?  

Matthew 12

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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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A Check-Up from the Neck Up

Slavery is a terrible evil.  How sad that this is still continuing in the world in different ways, even children being sold into slavery!

St. Paul talks about those who are caught in sin as being slaves to sin. Keeping with the idea of a slave, he turns the thought to being a slave to Jesus—bound to him by obeying him and following his inspirations in life. 

If you were to make a list of the things that you are attached to, how would these measure up as helps for you to be totally attached to God?  What about your thoughts?  Do they lead you toward life and God, or away from God into selfishness and sulking?  

I like this expression: “I need a check-up from the neck up! 

Romans 6:16-23

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

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