When our kids were growing up, we liked to visit Swiss Valley Park. I think the main attraction was Catfish Creek that is usually shallow and clear as it flows over the road and down a rocky stream bed. Sometimes on nice days we would take off our socks, put on our oldest tennis shoes and walk down the ankle-deep stream in a tradition that some call “creek stomping”. It was a nice way to stay cool on a hot day and you literally became immersed in nature. It gave a new vantage point to appreciate the beauty of the God’s creation.
Our 1st reading today from Ezekiel brought back the memories from Swiss Valley and reminded of the reading from Isaiah 55:10 where the rain and snow that comes down from heaven is compared to the Word of God. Just as the water flowing from the temple in Ezekiel creates an abundance of life in and along the riverbanks, God’s Word can make our faith life blossom if we immerse ourselves in it.
As we forge ahead during this difficult time of isolation and quarantine, let us consider wading deeper into God’s Word. Are there parts of the Bible we have skipped over in the past because we were concerned about going too deep? Is now the time to dive into the Catechism to learn more about our Catholic faith?
As we look for new opportunities to grow in our faith, let us pray:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen
-Deacon Steve Whiteman