November 9, 2014
(Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 32nd Sunday, A)
In one of the prophet Ezekiel’s visions, he described water flowing from beneath the Temple of the LORD. It went from a tiny trickle to a mighty river. The vision concluded: “Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ez 47
Now, think about this temple of the earth in which we live, God’s temple. It provides us with food for nourishment, for everyone. Yes, there is enough for everyone! And the only reason anyone goes hungry is because other people have kept it from them. God has provided the food, and we are called to distribute it equitably amongst ourselves.
Then there is the medicine. And the same thing goes – God provides the plants. The medicine is hidden within their leaves. Mankind is responsible for finding and distributing it amongst themselves so that all may be healed. But that’s not what we always do. Because of our greed, every link along the chain from discovery to prognosis to prescription to the very use of God’s medicines has become something only the wealthy can afford. It almost makes us wonder what ever happened to the “humanity” part of humanity.
Yet, change is always possible!
And by the grace of God and the model of Jesus we can come back to be as God had designed us. All it takes is one. All it takes is Love. All it takes is us, beloved! If we can stay persistent in our love and not let the world taint us with its greed – there’s no question, we are bound to win. Just look around at all the Good there already is in the world. We just need to keep it up.
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