“O that today you would listen to
the voice of the Lord.
Do not harden your hearts!”
(cf. Psalm 95)
“In the wilderness the people thirsted for water” (cf. Ex. 17.3). Moses appealed to God and along with some elders found the rock designated by God, struck it and life giving water sprang forth. Their thirst satisfied, the people could now continue on their journey to the Promised Land knowing once more that God does care for them, even within dry deserts.
In the Gospel of John, the Samaritan Woman wondered at Jesus’ surprising request for water to a woman and a Samaritan besides. Jesus revealed to her the living water that only God can provide. As she conversed with Jesus she came to believe that he truly was the long-awaited Messiah. This realization so inspired her that she immediately ran back to her village to spread this good news. The people came, also heard Jesus and “said to the woman, ’It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world’”. (cf. John 4.5-42) Thus the Gospel message is spread throughout the world.
Sometimes I feel a little like the Israelites in the desert, dying of thirst; I would dearly love to have “a Moses” strike the rock that has settled in my heart and break it open to the living water of God’s grace. Like the Samaritan woman at the well, I can receive the gift of living water promised by Jesus – I have only to ask, listen, and open my being to receiving it. This sounds too easy!
As I journey toward Easter and the Resurrection, intensifying my prayer life, fasting in various ways to become a better person, and sharing my “wealth” with others, I trust that I can arrive at those moments when I experience that God does care for me even more than I ever dreamed possible. With this encouragement, I can continue on this pilgrimage to Resurrection!
St. Paul assures us that “God’s peace comes to us through Jesus Christ;
peace that POURS INTO OUR HEARTS by the grace of God.”
(cf. Romans 5.1-8))