By Parishioner Jenny Green
"Thus says the Lord God: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel." (Ezekiel 37:12)
On January 8th, my daughter Emilia was baptized into the Catholic Church. I was ready; the house was clean, the white gown was pressed, the cake was iced. I was prepared for my daughter's special day. I did not know what the Lord had in store for me that day. I did not know on the 7th how profoundly different I would feel following Emilia's Baptism. Not only was our daughter welcomed into the Catholic faith and community on that day, God opened my family's graves and rose us up. How do I figure? Emilia was only a baby; my husband and I are young, active, and healthy individuals. What graves could we possess? How did I rise from my grave that day?
As I professed my faith in God that day alongside my family, God saw in me an emptiness that needed to be filled. A void or grave that only He could fill. I felt the void; I felt that something was missing. And if I felt it, we know God felt it. God looked into my soul and rose me up. He rose me out of the grave alive with Christ. When we brought our child forward to be baptized, I was lifted from my grave, from the emptiness and put my faith in God’s hands. The Lord freely took me in; He brought me back to the land of Israel.
This reading ignites a sense of healing, hope and comfort in me; the prophet Ezekiel shows us that our Lord intends to provide us with eternal life. "I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord". What comfort we can take in the Lord, that he bears his plan to us. God is delighted to open our graves, rise us up and bring us home.
I could not have foreseen the profound difference January 8th would have on my life; but that’s the beauty behind God's plan. He is always there to see in our souls, open our graves, and raise us closer to Him.