January 17, 2019
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, He proclaimed, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now He said this about the Spirit, which believers in Him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – John 7:37-39
A process is here expressed, a process regarding the flow of the living water, the flow of the Spirit that enables the human and the Divine to be One with other. The thirsty come to Christ and drink from the flow of the River of Life, His words, His manner, His values, His quality of soul, His way of bringing about the peaceable Realm. And it is as if this cup of cool water serves as the priming of the pump, then this same Spirit, these words, this manner, these values, this quality of soul, this way of bringing about the peaceable Realm serves to quench the thirst of the world.
Living water flows. It as if the flowing is what makes comes alive. It is the movement of the Spirit and all its qualities from God to Christ to us to others that causes the wonders and ways of God to abundantly flourish. This Living Water is not mere thought. It is not a moral code etched in the cold stone. It is not rules and the enforcement of rules. It is not the logic of a theological system. No, the Living Water is Life itself, the Life Divine infused into the flow of human history.
I have experienced this flow of Divine Life by way of human fountains. They loved with a quality of Love that refreshed the very vigor of my own life. They were Beautiful souls who were deeply human, yet in their humanity something Divine was at work. I only pray that a few others might experience that wonder flowing through me.
Loved Ones, allow the Spirit of the Lord turn your life into a fountain of Life, sparkling and splashing and satisfying our mortal thirst.
Always in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz