This past Sunday, we had a recurring theme of thirst throughout the readings. In the first reading, the Israelites were thirsty in the desert. They began to doubt God because He seemingly led them into the desert just so they could die. They let their thirst get the best of them and let their faith waver. Luckily, Moses, with God's help, brought them water to quench their thirst.
In the Gospel, we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus meets her there and asks for a drink of water from the well, despite the fact that Jews and Samaritans didn't interact with each other at all. He tells her that whoever drinks her water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water He has will never thirst again.
So what is this thirst we keep referring to? What is this water that will make us never thirst again? This thirst is essentially our longing for Christ in our lives and our need for his healing touch that heals our brokenness and makes us new again. This thirst is the deepest desires of our hearts. And Jesus is telling us that He can quench that thirst! We need to let Him come to us and bring us His living water. Don't let your thirst get the best of you like the Israelites did! Don't let your faith waver just because your thirst seems bigger than God's plan. The simple fact is that we don't need to be thirsty anymore. Too often, we look for other things to quench that thirst, but it never satisfies and we always end up thirsty again. The water of this world, along with the comforts of this world, will not satisfy our thirst forever. It's a quick fix and before you know it, we'll be thirsty again, both physically and spiritually.
I'm sure you've heard from somebody that by the time you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Sure, you may not be dying of dehydration as soon as you're thirsty, but if you don't drink some water soon, you're on your way to destruction. The same goes for the thirst of our hearts. By the time we realize our deepest fears, longings, and desires, we're already spiritually dehydrated. We're on our way to spiritual destruction if we don't quench that thirst with Christ's living water.
So, this Lent, reflect on what's spiritually dehydrating you. Come to Jesus and let Him give you His life-giving water. Let Him quench your thirst.