“. . . in their thirst for water, the people grumbled . . .” (Exodus 17). The story of the Exodus reveals our human reality – we seek a better way but when it doesn’t go as planned or isn’t as comfortable as hoped we look back with longing, even forgetting why we wanted to make a change in the first place. It seems our thirst is never quenched; our desires never satisfied.
Then Jesus offers this promise to the Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4).
What are you thirsting for?
A reflection on this week in the lives of the Sisters reveals some of the things we thirst for
Spring – after a very long cold snowy winter, we long for warmer days and the feel of Spring. The sighting of Springs first blossoms gives hope.
On Monday a group of individuals and families gathered for an orientation to the community garden as they will be joining this year. Despite below freezing temperatures everyone was very excited to discover their little plot of land. The hope for Spring increases.
Healing – so many times we thirst for healing for others and ourselves. This week we kept in prayer one of the Sisters as well as the mothers of two other Sisters as they seek restoration of health.
Justice – a presentation on the horrible reality of human trafficking renewed our thirst for justice and respect for the dignity of each person.
Life – the celebration of the birthday of a community member reminds us all of the gift of life.
Above all in our day to day lives of prayer, community and service we thirst for the Living Water of the Redeemer who pours out new life, healing, justice and love. And in God’s great abundance our thirst is quenched one day at a time.
What do you long for? Share this longing with God and open your heart and mind to receive what God will provide. “The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5).