Mass Reading & Meditation for June 23, 2013
Meditation: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
… a fountain … to purify from sin and uncleanness. (Zechariah 13:1)
A fountain: water splashing up and out, cascading down and over. Soaking, spraying, dancing in the light; cleansing and cooling body and mind. One of the world’s most famous fountains, the Trevi fountain in Rome, spills more than twenty-one million gallons of water every day. That’s more than thirty times as much water as an Olympic-sized swimming pool holds—but it’s still a scant trickle compared with the flow that springs from the Fountain of God!
Jesus is that Fountain, always pouring out love and forgiveness, grace and inspiration. He washes away the filth and grime of sin that stains our souls. He cools the heat of anger and passion, and refreshes us when we’re exhausted in the battle against sin. The water Jesus offers satisfies our thirst and offers us peace and joy. The comfort and compassion of his love play over and through our lives, drawing us to himself and causing us to want to live in a way that is pure and holy.
Jesus is the limitless Wellspring of all we need to live in relationship with the Father: all the conviction of sin that the Holy Spirit, whom he has sent, works ever so gently in us; all the forgiveness and acceptance and gracious welcome that we long for and need to experience as we turn to him. He is in us as a spring of water welling up to eternal life, stilling the throbbing pulse of shame and guilt, and soaking us with joy and delight as our relationship with the Father grows.
This Fountain never fails or runs dry. Its supply is eternal, fed by the river of the water of life, a river that flows from the very throne of God. And Jesus promises: to those who thirst, he will give from the fountain of the water of life. No payment is required, and all who drink from that Fountain will never thirst again!
“Fountain of God, pour over me! Splash forgiveness and life and joy on me today!”
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24