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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

March 28, 2006

For Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 5:1-3,5-16
Ezekiel 47:1-9,12

Today we have a prophecy of Ezekiel in which a river flows out of one side of the Jerusalem temple.
The river is a miraculous cause of endless food and drink, life and healing.
For centuries, the Church has sung this prophecy as a chant to accompany the sprinkling of holy water during Easter as a sign of the renewal of Baptism.
In the Gospel today, we see in Jerusalem a miraculous pool of water that sometimes heals the sick.
However, today in the Gospel, healing comes through the words of Christ himself, not through water.
Christ tells a sick man:

Rise, take up your mat and walk.
…. Look, you are well;
do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.

Although he healed the man’s body with words only, Christ would later let us see healing and life come from his body.
On the day Christ rose from the dead, he went to his apostles, and from his body he breathed out the Holy Spirit to them, saying:

Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven

Out of the risen Body of Christ— out of the real Body and Blood of the risen Christ— the Father in heaven pours out his Holy Spirit upon the world, forgiving sins, bringing health, salvation and eternal life to the disciples of Christ, raising them as his sons and daughters.

That God Be Glorified in All


Blogger Be said...

Awesome thoughts, Father. And I like your blog template!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Thank you, Vincent!

The name of the template is "Scribe", and it is simply one of the automatic ones you can choose from when you create a blog at

7:43 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


Wait a minute....

"Vincent" ...?

I just looked up your profile. You're my relative, oldest son of one of my cousins.

Plus: YOUR blog ( has the same template, but I guess you knew that.

7:47 AM  

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