Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lenten Reflection for Tuesday, April 1

April 1, 2014

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

Embracing God sometimes that means exiling yourself from the life that you know. Sometimes it means saying goodbye to friends or good riddance to the temptations that took you under. Exile isn’t always as depressing as it sounds, at least not like Romeo and Juliet, or The Lion King. Instead, it can be a second chance at getting it right and getting closer to God.

In the first reading, Ezekiel, a prophet during the Babylonian exile, describes a fresh and jubilant river flowing from beneath the threshold of the temple. The purpose of the river is to rejuvenate Israel. Flowing from a temple, the river fertilizes the lands with fruit, fish, and medicine. It even dilutes the saltiest of seas!

Exile can be absolutely terrifying, but trusting God is never a bad thing. The moment I turned my back on sin and embraced our heavenly Father, I knew his love for me would flow like a river and throughout my journey, would bear fruits, fish, and medicine to strengthen my soul. The river is always there for us, you only need to seek him.

Aggie Tutia
Major: Business Management
Class of 2016
Future Plans: One day, I’m going to take a photo with Pope Francis.

St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.

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