John 7:37-39 Reflection ~
Pentecost – Vigil
As a believer in Jesus Christ Glorified, I cannot help but constantly recall the Eucharistic preparation during Mass. The priest cleanses his hands, mingles water in the wine, and a community of believers calls out to the Spirit to transform what we are about to consume. Of course, the Spirit is already present, but participating at this moment builds intensity and opens our hearts to drink deeply from the river of living water, satiating our thirst so that what we receive may flow outward towards others in need of Christ’s love.
Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue by James Tissot (full resolution) and for more detail at the Brooklyn Museum website.
John 7:37-39 Scripture (NRSV Bible)
Rivers of Living Water
37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this Lectio Divina John 7:37-39 Reflection – Rivers of Living Water.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.
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