Read John 7:37-52
The contrast between the first and second paragraphs of this reading is stark. The second paragraph describes a conflicted crowd listening to Jesus’ teaching. Some are caught up in due diligence, questioning the validity of his ministry. Their skepticism clashes with the heady inspiration of the first paragraph, in which Jesus offered them and us the living water of new life, flowing from the Spirit and available to all.
None of us wants to be fooled, or naïve, or even impractical . . . but, living water! This tantalizing image can’t fail to eclipse the cautiousness of the crowd. In the course of our lives, we can focus on predictability or possibility, control or letting go, facts or faith. My desire to be practical and cling to control is great, but my thirst is greater. Today I am reminded to ask for living water.
(c) 2015 Nancy Jagmin