Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”John 4:13-14
It’s the third Sunday of Lent, and you’re probably feeling parched. I don’t mean you’re dehydrated, but you might have started to feel Lent burnout. The newness of Lent has worn off by now. Maybe you’ve grown tired of fasting or you’re bored with the daily rosary that you’ve picked up. Maybe you’re putting off donating a little extra money or goods or you’re resenting an upcoming service opportunity. I’ve been missing sugar and shopping, so I cracked on Friday and had a milkshake and made a trip to JoAnn’s. Although my Lent is going well for the most part, I’ve been growing tired of sacrificing and I’ve been missing the things that I’m fasting from. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in this though, and neither are you.
The way I see it, we’ve been in the desert for a while now, and we need some refreshment. We could turn to things like desserts, social media, or sleeping in, but the high that these things bring is brief. They’ll satisfy us for a little while, but then we’ll only find ourselves craving more and more. Before we know it, we’ll have wasted our time and energy chasing after fulfillment from food or sleep or entertainment and we’ll only feel drained. When we need refreshment, especially at this point in Lent, there’s no better thirst quencher than Jesus Christ.
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In this Sunday’s Gospel, a Samaritan woman encounters Jesus at a well. In his longest recorded conversation in the Bible, Jesus tells her about the living water that only he can give. He encourages her to depend on him to gain eternal life. Leaving her old ways and even her water jug behind, she runs into town to tell everyone she can about Jesus and his living water. Because she trusted in him, Jesus gained so many more disciples that day! The mantra of “repent and believe in the Gospel” persists past Ash Wednesday. Jesus won’t let us fall back into our old habits and sins that keep us away from him. He’s still calling us to holiness and reminding us of his love and mercy. Only Jesus’ water of eternal life can truly satisfy us. Quench your thirst with Jesus Christ this week and let him cleanse and refresh you.
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