Monday, February 25, 2008

"Give me this water"

"Baptism, the gateway into communion with Christ, is...interpreted for us here as rebirth...Rebirth involves the power of God's Spirit, but it also requires the sacrament of the maternal womb of the receiving and welcoming Church.

"Spirit and water, heaven and earth, Christ and the Church, belong together. And that is how 'rebirth' happens. In the sacrament, water stands for the maternal earth, the holy Church, which welcomes creation into herself and stands in place of it."

Pope Benedict XVI, "Jesus of Nazareth", pp. 239-240.

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for The Third Sunday of Lent.

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