Journey through Lent 2018 at St. Anthony's
Tuesday - Fourth Week of Lent
March 13, 2018

The angel brought Ezekiel to the entrance of the temple of the Lord where he saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple. The water started as a trickle at the temple, and became a river as it flowed into the sea. What does this mean to me? That God is the temple, the water of life, and the river of life for those of us who believe.  As those who come to believe, we multiply in numbers just as the amount of water multiplies into a Sea of God’s people. This river of life runs into a Sea, the Dead Sea to be exact.  Where the river of fresh water turns death into life.  This makes me think of John 11:26, “ and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die .”
“This water flows into the Eastern District and down upon the Arabah (The Arabah, known in Hebrew as Arava or Aravah, is a geographic name for the area south of the Dead Sea basin which forms part of the border between Israel to the west and Jordan to the east. (Wikipedia) and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.  Where ever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live and they’ll still be abundant fish…” I was blessed with visiting the Dead Sea several years ago and it’s amazing to witness a body of water where nothing is able to live.  It actually brings life back both physically and spiritually so many people who come by the thousands every month.

I love the Responsorial Psalm, PS 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9: “The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob” Life can be full of unexpected twists and turns, I know I can make it through any dark time because God is always with me and to lean on him makes those “one step forward” times possible. I was once told, “you will be angry with God, even probably hate him.” Never!  My faith in God will always be strong no matter what road he leads me down!! Thank you Father Apo for being a stronghold for me and for so many others! 

God Bless,

Melinda (Mindy) Keller
St. Anthony Parishioner (and a member of St. Anthony’s Bread patrol)