47. Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here (John 4:15).
Like the woman, we try to translate spiritual matters into physical benefit. Clearly Jesus isn’t speaking of water that makes trips to the well unnecessary, but he speaks of life-changing water that can satisfy deepest longings. Still, like Nicodemus trying to grasp being born again, the woman defaults to her own wishful thinking and her thinking falls far short of the true gift being offered. Jesus offers water that can wash away the loneliness, the rejection, the hopelessness of her life. It’s a water that can nourish the very depths of her soul and bring her a life she had yet to even imagine. So much better than having access to water without the well. May we learn to treasure the real meanings of what Jesus offers to each of us.