Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jesus answered the woman whom He asked for water, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. – John 4:13-14

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And yet … Christ appeared to be thirsty that hot day in Samaria … and from the cross, He cried out, “I thirst”.

I am diabetic.  Before I was diagnosed as diabetic I was desperately thirsty.  It is a tell-tale symptom of diabetes for the condition causes marked dehydration.  But no matter how much I drank, the cause of the thirst was not remedied.  Now I am on insulin and my unquenchable thirst is no more.  But still, at times, … like even Christ Himself, I thirst.

Even with this spiritual spring of God’s grace welling up within me hour day by day, there are moments when my soul does thirst.  And when I am thirsty my soul does remind me to devote a few moments in prayer and to dedicate myself a little more to service.  In both the praying and in the serving, the wellspring of grace does flow once more and the thirst gives way to satisfaction.

Even in good health, the thirst guides us to the much-needed water … for as living creatures we need water to survive and flourish.  And so our spiritual thirst guides us to the river of God and the streams that flow from the sacred places in life … and there we quench our thirst.

I find in today’s world that is sometimes quite parched and dusty, there are so many thirsty people.  No wonder the Lord calls us to serve cups of cool water to others.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de a Cruz

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