“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)
What an apt analogy! Water is important to all forms of life that we know. It’s important to human life, animal life, plant life, and to the Earth. In Genesis 1, the Creation is explained in terms of water. Without water, the Earth would dry up and become a lifeless rock. Scientists studying the universe look for signs of water on distant planets and moons.
Water is a constant reminder that life repeats. It is the only aspect of nature that has a visible cycle – the hydrologic cycle (storage in the oceans, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, storage in lakes and ground, flowing in rivers back to the oceans).
Water is cleansing. Water allows plants to grow. Without it, we would have no food to eat. (Not even my favorite potato chips!) We depend on water.
So it’s pretty easy to understand why Jesus compared himself to water. But what about the rest of the analogy? What’s this “living water” bit? If we believe in Jesus, how does our dependence on Him affect our lives? How do the fruits of that dependence flow to the people around us? That question is one of the challenges of our Lenten preparation.
Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 7:6-11, John 7:37-52