Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said,
rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
By this He meant the Spirit,
whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
– John 7:37-39 (NIV)
Our Lord presents Himself
as the one who can fill man’s heart and bring him peace.
as St. Augustine exclaims:
“You made us for Yourself, Lord,
and our hearts find no peace until they rest in You.”
These meaningful words of Jesus,
which He said, rather significantly, in a loud voice,
have also led St. Alphonsus
to write this commentary full of love for our Saviour:
“In Jesus Christ we have three fountains of grace.
The first is the fountain of mercy,
where we can be purified of all the stains of our sins. […]
The second is that of love:
no one who meditates on the suffering and shame
that Jesus undergoes out of love for us, from His birth to His death,
can fail to be kindled by that happy fire
which comes down on earth to set on fire the hearts of all men. […]
The third is the fountain of peace:
let him who seeks peace of heart come to Him who is the God of peace.”
Jesus sent His Holy Spirit
to change the heart of those who believe in Him;
to guide and inspire those who accept Him,
to console and strengthen those who are docile to Him.
Those who abandon themselves to the Spirit
and humbly but gratefully listen to Him and obey Him,
they will find true peace;
their thirst will be fully quenched;
and through them rivers of living water will flow,
full of the promise of eternal life.
Abandon yourselves to the Spirit, therefore.
Be docile to Him
and allow Him to renew you – your body, your soul, your heart.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Come, Holy Spirit, and renew me!