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"The woman put down her water jar". She flung away earthly desire and hastened to make known the truth… She flung away her water jar, which now was no longer useful, but only a burden: she was longing so much to be sated with the living water. In order to tell of Christ, she cast aside her burden 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?" Her faith would be his drink, and he would lead her into his own body, for his body is the Church.

St Augustine

The woman at the well

Reflection 1

If you only knew what God is offering you said Jesus to the woman at the well. If we could only appreciate what God has offered us at the well of baptism!

Water pouring at Baptism is a symbol of how the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us (Rom;5:5). The inflow of God's Spirit is that water which Jesus promised - A spring of water inside welling up to eternal life. Our Baptismal union with Jesus releases us from the clutches of sin. St Paul loved to explain that going down into the water of the Baptismal pool was entering into the tomb of Jesus: "You must consider yourself to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus" (Rom 6:11). At the well of Baptism our first level of contact with Jesus Christ is this invitation to come to Him in our deep need for companionship. "Oh come to the water all you who are thirsty, though you have no money come" (Is 55:1). We receive the first spring of divine life at the well of Baptism and so in the power of the Spirit we enter into the liturgy of divine life.

Reflection 2

Jesus is the friend we relate to in prayer. "If you knew the gift of God" .
The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water:
There Christ comes to every human being.
It is He who first seeks us and asks us for a drink.
Jesus thirsts: His asking arises from the depths of God's love for us.
Whether we realise it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours.
God thirsts that we may thirst for Him.
God is waiting at the well for us, thirsting for our presence.
All he asks of us is the empty bucket of our lives.
It is God who can supply the living water.

In the wonder of the Incarnation, God loved us and came among us, to sit beside us in our emptiness and loneliness, our disappointments and sorrows, our fears and anxieties, our hopes and aspirations, our joys and celebrations.

Closing prayer:

O Lord Jesus, you sit down beside us as we come to the well to quench our thirst.
And in your presence everything is changed.
You pay attention to us, you accept us you restore our dignity as Gods children.
How amazing, that you the maker of all things should ask us for the use of our empty bucket.
That you the provider of eternal fountains should need a drink.
What you really thirst for is an empty, humble heart into which you can pour the living water of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for leading us beyond our guilt and unworthiness to the mountain heights of divine worship.

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