Life Giving Water to Quench our Thirst
In the Gospel, we hear of Life Giving Water that will quench our deepest thirst. For good health, we need to drink eight (8) glasses of water a day. Our bodies are 65% water. Without water over a period of time, we will die of dehydration. Water is necessary to sustain physical life. We have a thirst for that physical water so that we can live on the physical level.
The Season of Lent, with its emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving invites us to get in touch with our deepest thirst, which is a desire for a relationship with God. It is the thirst of the soul. Lent prepares those who are seeking Baptism which gives us this Life-Giving Water. For those who have already been baptized Lent calls us to rediscover the Life-Giving Water which we have received in the Sacrament of Baptism. We could call it saving grace. Sacramentally, we become Sons and Daughters of God. We are redeemed through the Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells with us. Two thousand years ago, one interpretation of Life Giving Water in Jewish thought was the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God.
In our Gospel passage in the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well there is a journey of discovery which includes going from physical thirst to spiritual thirst. It includes the woman first addressing Jesus as Sir, then as a prophet, and then talking about Him as the Messiah.
It is a journey into experiencing God’s unconditional love. The Samaritan woman states by way of imagination “Come and see a man who told me everything and yet…loved me, accepted me, even trusted me to share this story with you.”
Jesus accepts her...her past, her failures, her loneliness, her doubts, her theological confusion, and her broken relationships. The Samaritan woman longed for someone to accept her and love her. She received that gift. It transforms her. Of her disposition, we can say she was honest before God. So are we called to be, for God meets us where we are. This unconditional love of God breaks through all barriers. The woman no longer feels like a social outcast.
We too are invited to deepen our dialogue with God. Today we can picture this dialogue between the Samaritan woman and Jesus. We can then embark on our own dialogue with the Lord. The same person whom the Samaritan woman talked to is present in the Eucharist. The same person who transformed her life can transform your life as well. Be open to listening to God and to others in silence. Empty yourself of your own agenda. Be called to the grace of understanding God’s point of view and to the point of view of others. This commitment to ever deepening dialogue can transform us as it transformed the Samaritan woman at the well.
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May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers.
Remembering especially Mary Adams, Tim Angelone, Greg Basco, Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican, Phillip Bilelo, Dan Boone, Donna Czyzynski, Corrine Dawe,
Jose Dybzinski, Jason Glaros, Kristin Hill, Millie Jasany, Lucy Konkoly, Tom Konkoly,
Judy Landolph, Bishop Richard Lennon,
Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar, Dorothy Mangan, Therese McFadden, Rose Meadows, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Jeannette Morrow, Louis Novac, Art Novotny,
Dan Palmentera, John Pocius, Betty Rhine, Brianna Rhine, Bob Schippling, Elaine Stack, Lynne Sempruch, Rev. John Tezie, Aaron Thiem,
Andrew Turowski, Ed Vitigoj, Carole Walk, Ron Walk, Robert Wagner and David Zelenka.
May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven remember especially Clementine Celebucki and Phyllis Giersz , whose funerals were last week.
For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish & their families.
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