This weekends readings were all about being thirsty.
First we meet Moses and the Jews in the desert and they are gettin super cranky. They have been wandering around the desert FOREVER and are about to start throwing things at Moses if he doesn’t get them some water fast. They were hot and tired and ticked off and lost, and no one was listening to their cries. In the Gospel, we see Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, fetching a pail of water. Jesus offers her living water which will satisfy her thirst for the rest of her life. If you noticed in the first reading, God told Moses to strike the rock and the living water will flow from it… oh-so-similarly to how the soldier pierced Jesus in the side after He died. Jesus is the rock. And Jesus is also the living water. And anyone who takes part in this living water will never thirst again. And the second reading from Romans affirms this by reminding us that by our own standards, it is hard to die for an unworthy person, and yet Christ died for us, even when we shouldn’t have deserved it, because He loves us. We have to accept this gift of salvation from the God who loved us so much, he died for us while we were still sinners. Would you die for Joe Schmo off the street?
Jesus satisfies our thirst.
So what are you thirsting for? What is this thirst?
I think we are very thirsty people. I don’t think there is much that actually satisfies us. We keep trying to crowd our lives up with having fancy ‘stuff,’ but we miss the real meaning and purpose to life. We miss the point that we are beloved children of God, and that God loves us and wants us to shine and be happy and fulfilled. We think we are going to be happy by having a fancy car and nice house and enough money to “live comfortably.” We go to college to get degrees to get jobs that pay well, even if we don’t really like what we are doing. We marry because we don’t want to be alone. We diet and tan and work out excessively because we want to be beautiful. We are so restless and unsatisfied because we keep taking in all this stuff that doesn’t quite quench our thirst.
So what are you thirsting for? What would really satisfy your thirst?
How different would your life be if you believed in your heart that God loves you, even though you screw up a lot?
I know if I really believed in my heart that God loves me, if I really gave in to that living water, my life would not be the same. I would probably trust God’s plan a lot more. I would jump in to life guns blazing. I would tell Mr. Handsome that I thought he was gorgeous and know that even if it didn’t work out this time, it doesn’t mean it will never happen. I would apply for jobs outside of my state of residence and trust that if God put that desire there for that field of work, God will provide me with the tools necessary to get it done. I will be enough. I would stop being so hard on myself and I would just forgive myself for the times I am not the person I want to be. I would be so much happier. I would feel beautiful, loved, and taken care of. And I wouldn’t be able to help but share that same love with others.
What are you thirsting for?