Our world is made up of 71% water. The human body is made up of 60%. As we explore space and if there is life on other planets, the first thing they look for is water. Some say if there is even another world war, it won’t be over oil, but over good clean drinking water.
Water takes center stage in our scriptures today. The chosen people grow thirsty in the desert and God provides water from the rock in Horeb. The Psalmist recalls this event to urge us not to harden our hearts as they did. Paul suggests the image of water in stating that the love of God has been poured out into our hearts. And a thirsty Samaritan woman realizes that in Jesus she has received living water.
When Jesus met the woman at the well in Sychar he said, “Give me a drink.” It was out of love for this poor woman that the Creator of the universe was seeking. He was thirsty for love. It was that same request he gave on the cross when he was dying that he said “I thirst.”
So how do we quench Jesus’ thirst? By spending time with him. Think of it as not an obligation, but as a time when we are letting Jesus get his fill of us. He loves us so much that he can’t get enough of our undivided attention. He loves us so much that he wants us to put aside all the other demands of our life for a time, and sit in quiet with him. He in turn will give us living water that will fulfill our deepest needs and desires, the water that is welling up to eternal life.
We are blessed here at St. James to have a beautiful baptismal font. (By the way the water is flowing and is treated with chlorine and is filtered to prevent bacteria). Every time we enter and leave the church we remind ourselves, as we make the sign of the cross and bless ourselves in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, of our baptismal life in the Lord. May this Lenten Season quench our spiritual thirst and share that living water with all those we encounter.
Love, Peace, Joy