Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Because it is so difficult in parts of the world to find clean drinking water, an organization called Water Is Life developed a wonderful resource called “The Drinkable Book.” The paper in the book is coated in silver nanoparticles that filter out almost 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria. Each tear-out page can be used and reused to filter up to 100 liters of water at the cost of only four pennies per page.
The Bible is also an unusually “drinkable” Book. In John chapter 4 we have the story of the woman at the well. She needed much more than just water to quench her spiritual thirst. Because of the circumstances in her life she was desperate to know about “the living water” that Jesus was talking about.
Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
The Lord gave us living water in our Baptism. We need the “drinkable” Book as we face the circumstances of our life. This “drinkable” Book points to God’s Son as the sole source of “living water.” Those called and washed in the water through the Holy Spirit will experience “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Lord, help us discard the things that leave us empty and thirsting and exchange them for the blessings of the living water you offer.