March 21, 2023
by Cindy Costanzo
Creighton Univeristy's College of Nursing
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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent
Lectionary: 245

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 5:1-16

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The Midpoint of Lent

The readings today, heavy with symbolism, are for me an opportunity to reflect on my Lenten journey. Lent is a special time to intentionally deepen my relationship with Jesus. To accept the love and grace that is always present. To ask for healing where needed. The water in Ezekiel Chapter 47: 1-9 symbolizes nourishment, growth, comfort, relaxation, and healing for our bodies and mind but also for our environment. The water’s growing depth is symbolic of my choice to grow in my faith, to help others grow in their faith, to love Jesus unconditionally.  As a disciple of Jesus, do I honor this symbolic representation of water - both spiritually and realistically in a world that is so dependent on healthy water and the faith of others?  

In John 5: 1-16 Jesus commands the paralyzed man to “rise, pick up your mat, and walk.” Do I help those in need to get to the pool of healing waters? To grow in their faith? Jesus is always by our side, waiting patiently to answer our prayers, make good a sinful deed, ease our transitions throughout life. I pray to recognize Jesus’ presence throughout the day. May I be reminded that Jesus is there for me, whether it is in a challenging meeting, supporting a colleague/co-worker, driving safely in crazy morning or evening traffic, or in the silence of reflective thought.

I am grateful and ask Jesus to continue supporting me in my desire to grow in my faith during this Lenten journey. I ask for Jesus to put others in my path that will show me the way. I ask for Jesus for allow me to do the same for others.

I end with the lyrics from a beautiful song:   

“The Water is Wide” by David Kauffman 

The water is wide, I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my Lord and I 

I am a ship and I sail the sea
At times so lost, as lost can be
Give my eyes sight for to find my way
Lord, let me not be gone astray 

I see the shore on the other side
And all alone I take to flight
Give me a rope tethered to Your ground
And in You, Lord, I will be found 

The water is wide, I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my Lord and I 

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