Thirsty for More than Water

One day, near the end of a long, dusty journey, Jesus was tired and thirsty when he spotted a well. At the well, he asked a Samaritan woman for a cup of water. The woman was surprised by the request because a Jew would never speak to a Samaritan. She was burdened by being both a foreigner and a woman in a strange land where she felt the painful dual sting of prejudice. She was also tormented by her past. She had five failed marriages and was currently living in shame with a man. She was truly marginalized and disorientated. She had come to the well at noon, because she knew few people would be there during the hottest time of the day. She was so embarrassed by her messed up life, she wanted to avoid meeting anyone. But Jesus met her where she was. Jesus did not judge her or reject her. After asking her for a drink of water, He offered her the living water that would renew her by the power of grace from above. She was born again, renewed in spirit in order to live a new life in God. It is such a beautiful story illustrating that divine assistance is always trying to break through our pain and discouragement. Jesus was thirsty, not just for water, but for peace for the woman. He approached her and began a conversation. We are thirsty, and Jesus comes to the well to give us a drink, because God thirsts for us and wants to give us hope and strength. Amazing. Truly amazing.

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2 Responses to “Thirsty for More than Water”


  1. 1 luigidaniele March 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Boy, fratello, you are on a roll. *Another* beautiful meditation. Thank you. 🙂
    -Lou OFS

  2. 2 Jerry March 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    May God grant that we try to hold out our hearts to the “Samaritan women” of our time.


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