us with himself, with his love, with his divine life. His whole life was an insatiable quest to give us that spring of living water gushing up within us to eternal life.
See how the love of God for us doesn’t make a distinction of who we are, as the Sa- maritan woman. Her behavior had led to her being ostracized from the community, like was evidenced by her going alone to draw water at the well at high noon, at the height of the piercing sun, when no one else for obvious rea- sons would have been there.
Our Pope Francis said, “Jesus’ thirst was not so much for water but to encounter a parched soul. He needed to meet the Samaritan woman to open up her heart. He asks her for a drink in order to bring into the light the thirst that she bore within herself.”
The Eucharistic Preface in today’s Mass re- minds us that when Jesus “asked the Samaritan woman for water to drink, he had already cre- ated the gift of faith within her and so ardently did he thirst for her faith that he kindled in her the fire of divine love.”
The only way to calm Jesus thirst is to give our- selves to him.
We thirst for Jesus
But the most amazing message in the gos- pel today is that in that search and desire that Jesus has for us, we realize that we thirst for something all our lives and the only one who can really fulfill and satisfy our desire is Jesus.
Sometimes in our search we don’t realize that Jesus is what we are looking for, as won- derfully the psalmist expresses: “O God, you are my God, for you I long, for you my soul is thirst- ing. My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water” (Ps 63:1).
But Jesus will not force us to drink the wa- ter. He wants us freely to ask for it, to desire it. We can see this clearly in today’s gospel: “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and