Muddy Water


“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14.

Christ speaks of an essential metamorphosis when we cease leaning on someone else for spiritual growth and begin to offer spiritual growth ourselves. To absorb Christ so well that His words begin to dwell deep within, far away from any scorching heat threatening to dry those precious drops. Slowly those drops gather into a puddle, and the puddle becomes a pond, and the pond becomes a lake that is always replenished by a spring from within. We become reminders of Christ to others as we have been reminded of Him by some. We begin to fulfill the words of St. Paul, “I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body.” Anywhere we go, we sprinkle drops of His words, nourishing parched ground and depleted basins of water.

Imagine water that has been traveling the earth’s crust for thousands of years, being purified by being forced through rock and dense sediment, finally reaching the surface. The spring needs only to let the water flow out, add nothing and take away nothing. The spring is not the source of the water, it is only dirt and rock. It did not choose to have water, but the water found it a suitable path to the surface. People flock to fresh-water springs to enjoy the crisp water that has traveled thousands of years to reach them, for the spring to add any dirt or rock would render the process void.

We are not the water Christ speaks of to the Samaritan woman, we are the spring. His words and grace is the water. Our role is to be a suitable path to the surface and to allow nothing from us to contaminate it. We do not need to add “something” to make it more relevant or desirable. It has traveled thousands of years through heresies and calamities and yet it comes out pure as it originated. As catechists prepare for a new year of catechism, we remind ourselves that in order to give Christ we first must have Him abundantly. We must carry him in actions, thoughts and prayers. We must, as well, remind ourselves that we teach only what has been passed down to us through thousands of years of Church solidarity.

2 Responses to “Muddy Water”

  1. antgaria Says:

    Giliana, thank you for this beautiful meditation…

  2. Ian Holder Says:

    I echo Anthony: thank you. Beautiful imagery and beautiful words.

    And God bless all catechists and teachers.

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