Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Parish Bulletin Article: "The Cycle of Water and of the Word": 3-8-20
Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
Earlier this week, we heard about the reading above on Tuesday during daily Mass. It is such a beautiful passage—with only two verses that I wanted to print it via this bulletin article.
The first section of this quick persona, was Isaiah, writing from God about how crucial it is for rain and snow on the earth. Once again, we listened: “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful…” And how beautiful it is to remember, or learn, how essential it is for water to support the life of anything alive! This, from God, in the cycle of water, quoted:
“The water cycle describes how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitation.”
Then there is a pivotal comment from God: “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth.” Now, this “word” can introduce His Son—Jesus Christ (who is often named as “the Word”), or the Scriptures. Like the water cycle for the world, God wants us to imagine his teaching to fall upon US so that we may soak in truth, support these gifts and give them back to our Father.
Finally, this quick passage concludes with God’s mission for us: “It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”