S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sunday Reflections: Life's Thirsts

The Gospel passage for this Third Sunday of Lent presents to us the conversation that Jesus had with a Samaritan woman. And as we hear in the account, the woman begged Jesus for something at one point in their conversation: "Sir, give me this 'water' so that I may not thirst again..." (Jn 4:15)

Many times in our lives we reach a point of looking for something, of "thirsting" for something. And most of the times we find ourselves 'quenching' our thirsts with all sorts of things -- money, power, fame, pleasure, etc... And most of the times we end up still 'thirsty,' we end up unfulfilled. In today's Gospel, Jesus clarifies to us what it is that we should strive for, what it is that would quench our thirst: "... whoever drinks of the water I shall give will never thirst again; the water that I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (Jn 5: 14)

As we continue with our Lenten discipline, we pray that we truly seek for the 'water' that only Jesus can give. That we content our hearts with drinking the 'water' that will enable us to attain eternal life. Amen.


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