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Living Water

'The woman put down her water jar and hurried back to the town to tell the people.

Come and See a man who has told me everything I ever did; I wonder if he is the Christ'.

This is a verse from this Sunday's Gospel taken from John 4:5-42.

The Samaritan woman had had this amazing encounter with Jesus at the well that changed her life and she wanted her own people to experience what she had experienced. Despite her compromised life she became an evangelizer to them. Nothing is beyond the merciful love of Christ even in our own case and God will always use us for his purposes. The people did come and see Jesus and they too were changed.

She had asked Jesus to give her the living water that he had been talking about with her and in their encounter she received just that. She was refreshed, cleansed and relieved of her inner thirst which gave her a whole new perspective on life which gave her the courage to approach her own people who had previously ostracized her.

Christ could see into the heart of this woman as he can see into our hearts and lives. There is no need for us to be afraid to sit with Jesus as the woman did and simply be ourselves before him.

He says to each one of us, ‘If you only knew what 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……there is absolute abundant generosity and graciousness from Jesus here. This generosity and graciousness is being offered to each one of us. To receive this grace humbly and in gratitude is a wonderful preparation for the feast of Easter.

As sinful and fragile human beings, we have a limited sense of what God is offering us and who Jesus really is, but we have his word, and his word can be trusted. We may have lots of questions and not many answers, but we can be confident that he alone is the one who is able to quench our thirst and satisfy our hunger.

You might like to listen to 'The Milford Blessing' track 9 from 'Truly Blessed'

Blessings on your week.

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