A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 4: 5-42
" Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well, it was about noon. A woman of Samaria, came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" - For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.- Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water that I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to Eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."
Jesus said to her, "Go call your husband and come back." The woman answered and said to him, "I do not have a husband." Jesus answered her, "you are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.' For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true." The woman said to him, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand, we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming and is now here, when true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirt and truth: and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him; God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one speaking with you."
Many of the Samaritans of that town, began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I have done." When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world." The Gospel of the Lord
Let us pray: +Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed, and in our souls take up Thy rest+
This Gospel passage is rich. In order to not "dilute" its beauty, we will keep the reflection very simple and short. Following the lead of the Holy Spirit, let us simply focus on one word. For this particular gospel we will focus on the word, "water". When you read the word "water" or the image draws you to this word, let us try substituting it for the word "Love". BE with Jesus at the well, you and Jesus alone, and allow the Lord Jesus to look into your eyes, allow His gaze to penetrate your heart your soul, your very being, and allow Him to begin the conversation,the dialogue with you. "Give me a drink" (of your love)." When we attempt to satiate the deepest thirst in our soul, the thirst for Love, by drinking from a well that will run dry, we set ourselves up for disappointment and sorrow. As the psalmist says, "those who choose other gods, increase their sorrows". Our Heart was made for God, for limitless Love. Where in life, am I trying to "drink in" comfort, peace, "satiation". Or rather, from the reverse direction we can also reflect, where when and how, do I compensate when I don't feel love coming into my heart and soul? Let us ask Jesus to show us where it is we are drinking from the wrong well and how we can more deeply drink of His Love.
Prayer + Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world. Give me living water, that I may never thirst again. Amen