Daily Reflection for Thursday, August 18, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ezekiel 36:23-28
Responsorial: Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
“I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities.” (Ezekiel 36:25)
As I read Ezekiel, I find a heart connection with the scripture passage—“I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities.” The passage sounds so refreshing, and I have several images that come to mind as I reflect on the passage.
First, I imagine the sprinkle to be more like a light waterfall that I can stand under. I imagine spring water, cooling me down from a hot summer day. The water running over me providing me with the refreshment and cleansing I need so that I can get back into life with a renewed energy and spirit.
Secondly, as I read this passage, I imagine the sprinkle to be tears when life gets so heavy that crying drops of tears is the only thing that gives me relief—a cry that releases the impurities that fill my mind with thoughts of self-doubt and negativity. God sprinkles me with tears, cleansing me from all the toxins that fill my mind and soul, keeping me from God’s love.
Thirdly, as I read this passage, I imagine the sprinkle of water to be a glass of cool water handed to me by someone who knows I need it—a glass of water that quenches my thirst with God’s compassion. I drink the cup of water as a sacred act. It is an act that not only nourishes my body but also nourishes my soul and settles my thirst
God is always inviting us to spiritual renewal that allows us to release and let go of the toxins that distract us from God’s love. While the water may come in different forms, God is always sprinkling, wanting us to return with all our heart, body, and spirit.
May you let God quench your thirst for God’s love with cleansing water.
Margarita Solis Deal