and life teems wherever the river flows.'
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 Reflection:
This is the first day of the conclave and a more apt reading could not be found than today's reading.
Ezekiel is brought to the Temple in a vision and from the side of the Temple in all directions flows water, the water of life and the water of the Holy Spirit.
In Lent this reading prefigures the flowing of the blood of Christ from his side on the cross. It is a reading of joy, telling how this water, flowing from the Temple, flows into the waters of the sea and makes them wholesome.
This is the Spirit of God flowing into the world and the Spirit makes all things wholesome, because the water comes form the sanctuary.
It is a beautiful image on this day when we begin the search for a new pope, and we are all hoping that the Holy Spirit shall flow freely among the cardinals.
In a world that has no concept of spiritual things, the Spirit shall keep working; keeping the fruits of the Spirit alive in individuals and the Church.
And the reason is given at the end of this reading, "because this water flows from the sanctuary."
We trust that the Holy Spirit shall flow today and enlighten the minds of the cardinals in the conclave.