You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
Spiritual Directors Message
How thirsty are you? Each of us have a hunger and a thirst that drive us. Too often we find ourselves driven by the things of this world. If we’re not careful, we can even make worshiping God about what we can get out of Him. Our thirst can lead us astray, but it can also lead us right into the presence of the God who knows exactly what we need.
One day Jesus came to the village of Sychar. It was at the heat of the day and Jesus sat beside Jacob’s well. There He encountered a lone Samaritan woman who He asked for a drink. This shocked her because it wasn’t normal for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan woman. These were two people who had many differences but were brought together in a transformative encounter by the common human experience of thirst. Jesus essentially tells this woman that if she gives Him a drink out of Jacob’s well,
He will give her a drink out of His Heavenly Father’s well. You see, it’s in quenching Jesus’ thirst that our own thirst is quenched. What does Jesus ask of us? Take Matthew 25’s parable of the sheep and the goats for example. We are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those who are sick or in prison, etc. The Lord identifies with humanity so completely that in doing these things to others, we are doing them to Jesus. As we meet the need of people by being conduits of God’s grace, we are quenching Jesus’ thirst. When we do this, Jesus fills us with streams of living water, the Holy Spirit who moves and directs us to love like Jesus