A spring welling up to eternal life

How refreshing it is to gaze at clear rippling water sparkling in the beams of light radiating from the sun. How even more refreshing it is to receive God’s love which “has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.[1]God is love[2] and love is his first gift, containing all others.[3] What a gift!

Our bodies crave for water especially in the summer’s heat. But do our souls crave for this living water in all seasons? The Samaritan woman in today’s Gospel[4] thought only of filling her jug with ordinary water, her life was not in tune with spiritual realities. Could it be the same with us?

How blessed she was that Jesus was there. How blessed she was that he could teach her and each one of us. “If you only knew was God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water…the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life.[5]

Living water – that can truly quench our thirst. St. Basil speaks of this in De Spiritu Sancto, namely Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.

How do each of us receive increasingly this living water to quench our souls? By partaking of the Sacraments and spending time in communion with God in prayer. This time of Lent is especially given to us by the Church to renew the spiritual dimension of our lives. If you have stayed away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation remember that God the Father is waiting for you patiently that he may give you living water through forgiveness of your sins through His Son, our Redeemer. “We are restored to divine likeness[6] and our spiritual thirst is quenched. So, get drinking…so that we can all meet in glory!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Rom. 5:5

[2] 1 Jn.4:8, 16.

[3] Catechism of the Catholic Church #733

[4] Jn. 4:5-42

[5] Jn.4:10, 14

[6] Catechism of the Catholic Church #734