by Sister Molly Jacob
Scripture passages referenced in this reflection are Exodus 17:3-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 and John 4:5-42
In today’s readings, we see God as Giver, who gave us Jesus. God gave us the law and living water; the meaning of law is love and the meaning of water is life. Jesus experienced “thirst” in his life, in the agony of the cross, and talked about thirst with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus’ thirst was love for the Father which he demonstrated by fulfilling the Father’s will while he was in this world. We see Jesus’ unconditional love on the cross, fulfilling his mission to bring salvation for all. Through our baptism we are immersed in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
Our call today in this world is trusting God while standing in our prophetic role to share the Good News, to heal the sick and to become a bearer of hope for all around us. This is the witness we give to the gift of life we have received. St. Teresa of Kolkata began ministry on the streets and in the slums with the unwanted people of the city. She heard the voice of Jesus, “I am thirsty.” Jesus was thirsty because of his compassionate heart for the suffering, the needy, the poor and the outcast.
In Romans we learn that we will not be disappointed because Jesus is our hope and giver of life. Today many women suffer from difficulties but happily give life to their family, society and the world. These women are our mothers and sisters, who share love and hope unconditionally. During this Lenten season let us pray for one another that we may be filled with life-giving water, recreating us in God’s image and sustaining us to receive, to drink and to share this generous gift of God.
Am I seeking to be a giver of life?
How do I give witness to the “thirst” for God and his people?
How am I growing in this gift of life?