Drinking water that makes you thirsty

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 4:5-42

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ to a thirsty and weary Samaritan woman in today’s gospel.

The woman was indeed thirsty for water but the Lord found her to be thirsty for much more than water. She was lonely. She loved companionship. She needed to have a man around her at all times. She needed to feel love and attention.

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again.” These words should come alive for each of us. Water is the most important thing that a human being can consume and yet afterward, we will still need water again and again and again.

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again.” The Lord makes these words meaningful because we understand that He isn’t speaking merely about H2O. He is speaking about the desires and thirsts of our heart.

We are continually searching for something to make us happy. We are constantly trying to find the thing that will bring us peace. How does a man become an alcoholic? He is curious to see what one drink can do. After this drink, he finds that he feels a sense of peace or numbness that satisfies him for a few moments. Next time he tries to get that sensation he starts with a drink but quickly adds more and more as his body and mind develop a tolerance and he needs more to get the same feeling. Finally his thirst is so strong that he cannot quench it, even if he were swimming in a pool of strong drink. Why? Because he is hardwired for something greater.

We are hardwired for the infinite. No matter what we do, we find very few things that actually and permanently bring us fulfillment. Some try drinks, others try dating. Some try wealth and riches, others try new careers or new religions. But in each of these cases the Lord reminds us “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again.”

But the Lord continues “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst forever; the water that I shall give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The Lord tells us that He alone can quench thirst. He alone can provide fulfillment. And this fulfillment isn’t conditional. It remains with us through thick and thin. In good times and bad times. Through sickness, tragedy and even death, He is our living water. No matter what deserts you travel in life….you can find fresh water in your well. Where is this well? It is in the heart of each of us. We fill it regularly with all sorts of things. But this type of water evaporates. It never stays very long. But whatever the Lord gives us remains forever.

Read His words daily in the gospels and the other books of Scripture. Think on them, memorize them. They will stay in the heart. Pray fervently daily, and develop a relationship with God.  Learn to weep and shed tears while you ask for forgiveness and He will provide more water for the well of your heart….and this water is permanent. It never fades and it completely cleans and transforms whatever it touches.

The human heart is a great puzzle, and some people spend their whole lives trying to arrange and fill in missing pieces. But we are hardwired for the infinite. There is a God shaped hole in the heart of every man, woman and child. The sooner in life that we learn to pursue God, the sooner we find peace and fulfillment, purpose and holiness. The sooner we find the living water, the more we can share this water with others.

God cannot be captured on camera or telescope or even with the human eye, but He can be captured in the heart that thirsts for Him.

Lord give us this water, that we may not thirst! And Glory be to God forever AMEN!


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