A reflection on Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
When I read this reading from Ezekiel today I thought, "Isn't that a perfect picture of lectio*?" We are called to "walk through" lectio as Ezekiel was told to walk through the river. Well the first time, we only get our ankles wet, and we only have a certain amount of time to do it that's been measured out for us. Then, as with Ezekiel, we're told to do it again. And this time we start getting up to our knees in the Word. Every time we do it, we immerse ourselves more and more in the Word and soon we find ourselves swimming! God immerses us in His Word through lectio. Then we are to come to the point where we are able to sit by the banks and our feet are simply in the water all the time. Because we've washed ourselves so many times, we're planted there like the trees. Then we enjoy the fruits of that lectio-- it brings us delight and sweetness and not only that but also healing. In God's Word we are healed.
*Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of reading Scripture prayerfully. For more please visit our website: www.walburga.org/Lectio