Come to Him
Last week I was watching a video from Bishop Barron about the encounter with Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. There is so much significance in that event, and an incredible amount of symbolism in every aspect of it. One detail I wanted to bring your focus too today is the water jar.
Women would come to the well with their jars to gather water and bring it back home for their families. But in this passage the jar has a deeper meaning. This woman is bringing her empty jar back to the well because every time she fills it....it eventually runs dry and she needs to come back.
At first this may seem like no big deal, but eventually we start feeling exhausted with having to go through the same routine of filling our jars because they become dry. In a way...we are never fully satisfied because the water we fill our jars with doesn't last and dries out.
When this woman encounters Christ I want to bring your attention to what happens with the jar. "The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people..." (John 4:28). She LEFT her jar at the well.
In that encounter Jesus reminds us that it is HE that is the eternal water, that water of life, that we are all searching for. We keep going from well to well and always find that we keep returning to re-fill our water jars. We search to be satisfied with temporary and finite things of this world which don't last.
Jesus wants to remind us, especially in times like these, that we can't keep trying to fill our jars from the wells of the world. We need to come to Him, to encounter Him, and fill our jars with everlasting water that will never run dry.
Spend a moment today and read John 4:4-42 about the Samaritan woman at the well. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is the well that you have been filling your jar with?
Pray for the grace and strength to leave your jar at that well and allow yourself to drink the water that Jesus gives us, which brings us eternal satisfaction!