Third Sunday of lent year a gives us beautiful reflections on the word of God. Word of God shows the way to live our life peacefully with God and others. Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of lent speaks about living water which God gives to all those who wants for it
The main theme of today’s word of God is that how God redeems people from slavery to new life. Water becomes the life force from the time of the begging of the creation still now.
1. Water blessed with the Holy Spirit
From the book of genesis we could see how God’s spirit was moving in the water. From the time of creation of this world water becomes the life force of livings.
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
2. People of Israel escaped through water from Egypt
The people of Israel were salves in Egypt for many years. God listened to the cry of the people and prepared Moses to delivered them. They had new life with the guidance of God and Moses by passing water. The river water becomes the central point to the people of Israel to begin a new life.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,”
3. God satisfies the thirst of the people of God
While the people of Israel were moving to new life from slavery, they felt thirst. God gave them water in the desert to satisfy their need.
“I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
“He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas”
4. Running Water at the Temple of Zion
“The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.”
5. Baptism becomes the entrance for new life
Baptism through water becomes the door way for new life. Salvation begins with baptism When John the baptist prepare the way for Christ.
“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
6 Jesus receives baptism
Jesus receives baptism from the hands of John the baptist to show that water baptism cleanses everyone who receives from the sins of this world and to prepare to new life.
7. Jesus becomes the new Baptism
The dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman based on water. The ordinary water becomes as living water. Ordinary water important for earthly life. Jesus is introducing living water to Samaritan woman and the woman asks for that living water.
8. Jesus said “I am the living water”
Finally who is the living water? Jesus is the living water. Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. Jesus gives new life not only to the Samaritan woman but also to all those who want to live new life. The new life is without sins.
You and me can have new life as eternal life if we believe in Jesus. As Samaritan woman worries about ordinary water we might have been worrying for ordinary water to live in the earthly life.
Jesus is inviting is to drink living water which is Jesus himself to live forever.
“The Story of the Living Water.”
Many years ago in a faraway country, a community discovered a spring through which fresh, living water flowed to the surface. When the people drank from it, they found new life and energy. In time, those who found the living water wanted to protect, preserve and control it. They built walls around the spring of living water. Then they put gates on the walls. Next, they put locks on the gates. Those who had keys to the lock could say who could approach and drink the living water. But the living water didn’t need protecting and refused to be controlled. After some time had passed, the living water stopped flowing in that location. Spring water continued to flow, but it was not the living water. While some recognized the living water had gone, so they left, others refused to acknowledge it, staying in the current location and acted like the living water was still flowing to the surface.
It was not long until the fresh, living water was discovered in another location. When some found it, the same process happened. They built walls to protect, preserve and control it. They put gates on the walls and locks on the gates. Only they had say over who could approach the living water. As before, the living water stopped flowing in this location, while simple water continued to surface. Some recognized the living water had left, and they moved on; others refused to see or admit it and stayed in the current location, acting as if the living water was still flowing in their location.
Again, in a short period of time, the fresh living water began to surface in yet another location. The same process happened. Those who found the fresh living water built walls to protect it; they put gates on the walls and locks on the gates to preserve it. While simple water continued to flow, the living water stopped surfacing in that location. While some recognized the living water had left and moved on, others refused to admit it and stayed in the current location, acting as if the living water was still flowing in their location.
This pattern repeated itself again and again throughout the lands.