Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 2 Issue No 24 Date Jun. 4, 03
I woke this morning to the sound of rain on the driveway in front of the house. It is a beautiful sound for this farmer to hear. We are in great need of rain. The country is dry and the land is thirsty. I have quite a bit of corn planted this year, and every time it gets some rain. It is like we are receiving a gift from God.
When I walk into Church, the first thing I encounter is a bowl filled with water. We Catholics call this holy water. I used to wonder why is this water here and what makes these people think it is holy?
After God had delivered His people from Egypt, they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. While they were there, God directed them to build the Tabernacle, which was kind of a portable worship center. The temple that Solomon was later to build would have much the same design. In the courtyard of the Tabernacle was a basin for washing, and before the priest went to the Tent of Meeting or the alter they were to wash their hands and feet so that they would not die.
I would suppose that to people living in a desert water would be very important…even life giving. Isn’t that what water means to all of us? Doesn’t it bring life?
When I get dirty and take a shower, I feel clean. (Have you ever thought about how amazing skin is? It is washable and even repairs itself when you scrape a little off. I think it is truly amazing stuff.) When we are baptized in water, God uses that to show us a picture of how He cleans us of our sins. Just like the priest in the day of Moses, if I were to come to God dirty I would surely die.
As we come into Church and dip our hand in the holy water, we are reminded of our baptism, and our need to be cleansed by God. He is the giver of life here on earth and eternity.
Next time you hear it raining think about the gift of life God has given us. The boys are sitting out on the porch watching it rain. I think I will go and join them and experience the holiness of God’s water.