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The Efficacy of the Living Water Quenches the Soul’s Thirst




Water, the elixir of life, flows through the very essence of our existence. In its absence, life withers, and without it, we cease to exist. It is a fundamental element, comprising a significant portion of the human body. But beyond the physical, water holds a profound spiritual significance, as we delve into the depths of living water in this homily for the 3rd Sunday.

The Israelites’ Cry for Thirst in the Wilderness

Our journey begins with the echoes of a distant past, as the Israelites wandered through the wilderness, their throats parched and their spirits weary. The scarcity of water tested their faith, and they questioned the very existence of God. In this dire moment, Moses, the intercessor, beseeched the divine, and miraculously, water gushed forth from the barren earth, quenching the Israelites’ thirst and breathing life into their journey (Exodus 17:6).

Living Water Unveiled

Fast forward to the gospel reading, where Jesus Christ stands beside Jacob’s well, engaged in an encounter that transcends physicality. A Samaritan woman approaches, drawing water from the well, unaware that a deeper wellspring awaits her. In this transformative moment, Jesus speaks of living water, a divine stream that offers not just temporary relief but eternal sustenance. He dismantles societal divides, breaking barriers of race, religion, and gender, to reveal that God’s grace flows boundlessly to all who seek it (John 4:7–10).

The Unexpected Recipient of the Samaritan Woman: A Testament of Transformation

The Samaritan woman, an unlikely recipient of divine revelation, becomes a vessel of profound change. Despite her complex past and societal marginalization, Jesus extends compassion, revealing her hidden truths. He does not condemn but offers redemption, the living water that brings true joy and peace. This encounter shows Christ’s readiness to bridge cultural gaps and reach out to those ignored or cast aside by society.

From Seeker to Evangelist

The Samaritan woman’s journey embodies the transformation that springs from encountering Jesus Christ, the living water. Her newfound faith compelled her to become the first missionary of the gospel, the inaugural apostle to the Samaritans. Her testimony and the teachings of Jesus Christ ignite faith in others. This narrative underscores the power of our encounters with Christ, inspiring us to bear witness to His grace in our lives.

The Divine Source of Living Water is Beyond Physical Quenching

Just as the body relies on physical water, the soul thirsts for spiritual nourishment. Jesus Christ, the bearer of living water, quenches the soul’s deepest longings. His life-giving stream is God’s love personified. Through the living water, we receive not mere sustenance but the very essence of divine love.

A Love That Flows

St. Paul echoes this truth, affirming that the life of God poured into our hearts at baptism originates from the pierced side of Christ on the cross (John 19:34). This divine love continues to course through the veins of His Church, transforming us. Through encounters with Jesus Christ, particularly in the Holy Eucharist and Confessions, we are renewed and equipped to witness to others in love, compassion, and truth.

The Efficacy of Living Water: A Promise of Hope

In the second reading, St. Paul extols the trustworthiness of living water and invites us to rejoice in hope. Justified by faith, we stand in the grace of God, sharing in His glory. This hope, rooted in God’s love, transcends disappointment (Romans 5:1-2, 5). It flows unceasingly, an eternal wellspring of life.

 Embracing the Living Water: A Lenten Journey

Finally, as we journey through Lent, let us not merely seek physical water, which is transient and fleeting. Instead, let us yearn for the spiritual water, the living water that endures eternally. Jesus Christ is the fount of living water, quenching our spiritual thirst and offering us eternal life. Through our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving, we are presented with the precious opportunity to drink deeply from this life-giving stream and share its abundance without prejudices of race, religion, or culture. In this living water, we find not only sustenance but also the promise of everlasting life.


May the Holy Spirit always quench your thirst with the spiritual water that will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Peace of Christ be with you…

Rev. Fr. Ben Okala, C.S.Sp.

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