Mar 11, 2020
From the desk of Fr Stephen
If you can remember, last year at this time we had an abundance of rain in the spring. It also had done quite a bit of snowing out west which all fell into the Mississippi River. As all the water was passing through St. Louis the rivers around the area flooded. I think the Mississippi River last summer was the 2nd highest of all time, except for the summer of '93. Our back yard was lush green, and Bro. Terry remarked to me that sometimes in the summer the grass is all burned out.
When we have wet weather like that, it is hard to appreciate it when it is hot and dry. If you have ever been to the desert, you realize pretty quickly just how hot and dry it can get. I don't like the western U.S. as much as the Midwest for this very reason. I want to see the lush green grass, flowers, and trees. When I go to the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Tucson, AZ I see so much brown that I am glad to get back home where everything is green again.
Our story in the gospel today is about coming to a well to get a drink of water. Palestine is one of those hot and dry places. Jesus and a Samaritan woman meet at the well and have a conversation about water. She is talking about the water in the well, but Jesus is talking about the refreshing water of the Holy Spirit. It is not for some time that the woman appreciates what Jesus is talking about, but eventually, she is so enflamed by the Spirit that she goes out and speaks to her family and friends. She is so convincing that many converted.
In Psalm 63, we see the psalmist longing for God. The words are very descriptive; "My soul is thirsting, and my body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water." I believe the woman in the story was just like the Psalm describes. This woman was longing to be filled with the water of the Holy Spirit, but she just did not know it.
I am not sure if you have ever felt like something was missing in your life. You might even say to yourself, "something is just not right; I feel like something is missing." Well, what's missing is the Spirit of God in your life. All of us have souls longing to be filled with the flowing waters of the Holy Spirit. This is important to consider because so many of us are walking around with souls that are ¼ or ½ empty. It is no wonder we are thirsty; it is no wonder so many feel spiritually dehydrated. The way we can continue to have a full spiritual well is to continually fill it with mass, scripture, prayer, rosary, Sweet Hour of Prayer, etc.. These are the things that sustain us when it does get dry for us spiritually. Thank the good Lord we do have a well to go to when we are in need. Jesus Christ himself.