Third Sunday and Third Week of Lent 2020
Jesus, the Source of Living Water
Jesus said “Let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38
‘Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”’ John 4:10
These words of Jesus that He spoke to the woman at the well is the illustration for all of us. Sometime our well is deep but the bucket we have just doesn’t seem to reach where it should. We feel cracked and dry in our hearts, minds and souls.
Jesus promises that if we come to Him, the source of Living Water and the Author of Life, He will refresh us with the pure waters of His Holy Spirit. We access these living waters as we read scripture each day, as we pray, as we go to Mass and celebrate the Sacraments of the Church. We fill up with His water as we listen to what the Lord might be saying to us. Jesus will freely give these abundant waters teeming with life, healing, grace and forgiveness if we are willing to ask.
So often we go thirsty for want of a drink just because we have forgotten to ask! The water of life is there to cleanse and refresh us and raise us to new life in Christ Jesus. As we journey through the desert of our Lenten experiences, may we ask the Lord for His Living Water and strike the rock where our thirst will be quenched unto eternal life.
The theme of living water during Lent also brings to mind the solemn and beautiful liturgy which takes place during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening. Following on from the drama and sorrow of Good Friday, as we remember Christ’s passion (His suffering) Death on the Cross and when we have reverenced the Cross by coming forward to kiss it and thank Jesus for His love, there is a shift in tone for Holy Saturday. Christ lies in the tomb, waiting for the moment of resurrection when He will burst forth in triumph and victory.
Water is a prominent feature of the Holy Saturday liturgy of the Easter Vigil. We await with joy the rising of Christ from Death when His light overcomes the darkness. The Paschal (Easter) Candle is dipped into the Baptismal Font before it is placed on the stand for all to begin the Exsultet. This is the song of praise which celebrates our liberation in Christ as Victor over sin and death and confirms our Salvation history.
On Holy Saturday, there are often Catechumens in each Parish to be Baptised and Candidates who have been prepared to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church. They too will pass through the waters of Grace and Mercy from The Lord which this Beautiful Liturgy portrays and reflects. The Holy water in the church is renewed in the stoups and within the holy water vessel and is then blessed for use throughout another year. The faithful renew their Baptismal Promises and with lit candles reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises.
They are sprinkled liberally with Holy water and remember their own Baptism where they passed over from death to life and received the Living Water of the Holy Spirit as a reborn Child of God. Let us ask the Lord for more of His Living Water as we pray;
As we continue to make our personal journeys through Lent
we come to you as the source of Life and ask for your living water.
Our cisterns and wells are cracked and dry
with all that burdens and wearies us.
Jesus, Lord of Life and the Source of Living Water,
flood our parched souls, hearts and minds with Your refreshing Holy Spirit.
May we be sources of water for others as we overflow with your Living Waters
welling up to eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.