Our Soul requires "Spiritual Water"

3rd Sunday of Lent

Water is very precious for sustaining our life. There is nothing more comforting for a thirsty person than a cup of water. I have witnessed people in tropical countries walking for miles, holding jars, in search of drinking water. The people of Israel, in their journey through the desert felt thirsty and complained against Moses. God provided water from the Rock on Mount Horeb to satisfy their thirst. (Ex.17:3-7) However, they thirsted again.

In the Gospel, Jesus offers a different kind of water to the Samaritan woman at the well. “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst, it will become in him/her a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”(Jn.4:14) Just as our body requires water so also our Soul requires “Spiritual Water” to survive. Through this episode, Jesus teaches us that deep within each one of us there occurs a “spiritual thirst” that only He can satisfy.

Lent is a special time for us to discover who we really are and our sinfulness through a personal encounter with Christ in prayer. Jesus is waiting for us to wash away our sins and to quench our spiritual hunger and thirst in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Let us avail of the great opportunity this year to be filled from the fountain of Living Water by participating in our Lenten parish Mission.

Have a self-transforming Lent!

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN