THIRD WEEK OF LENT
Sunday, March 19
Matthew Pousse
Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator
of the Career Center

 

What I Truly Need

 

“[Jesus said]…but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” - John 4:14

 

   Think back to a time when you either said or heard the word “need” in a sentence. “I need to go to the store.”  “I need to study for the test.”  In my work, it is sometimes, “I need a job,” or, “I need to find an internship.” Within each and every one of us dwell various needs, both great and small. We probably have learned or thought about some of these needs at different times and places of our lives, such as learning about the basic needs of food, water, and shelter in an elementary school, or learning about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in a psychology class. No matter how self-sufficient we may be, we must accept the basic truth that our lives are dependent on needing certain things in order to continue to survive. Amidst abundance or blindness, it is possible to lose sight of the awareness or significance of our needs.

 

   The Samaritan woman in today’s Gospel probably faced more than what she expected when she went to the well. Her encounter with Jesus, however, pointed out a necessity greater than water, which all humans (including her) need. To truly have life within us, we need to drink and carry the One who first gave us life. Not only do our physical lives depend on everything created by God, but our whole being and eternal life depend on the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life.” In the same way that water is abundant in different forms throughout the earth, God’s presence, truth, and love are not far from us when we seek, acknowledge, and find Him.

 

Lord, please help me to seek and accept You and the water You give.  Amen.

 

Ex 17:1-7     Ps 95:1-2, 6-9    Jn 4:5-42  or Jn 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42