Looking Forward to Sunday: Never Again Thirsty

Rev. Daniel Eggold

Mar 9, 2020


Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95:1–9; Romans 5:1–8; John 4:5–26 (27–30, 39–42)

The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann, 17–18th century

Who is the woman in Sunday’s gospel? We come to know her life circumstances, not her name. And yet, she is each of us. She is the prototype of our living, and our wandering in life’s desert, where we each struggle with identity and belief. Like the woman, we are often thirsty and tired. We long for refreshment, a life filled with God’s joy and peace.

    We see in the well water a symbol of how truly fragile life is. Water is essential for the support of daily life. In the midst of our struggling and stumbling in the desert, what we need is not a small handful of water, but a bubbling stream in which to drink, bathe, frolic, and splash. Through this life-giving water, the desert of our lives blossoms and grows lush with hope.

    Jesus knows all this about the woman, and about us, because he too has traveled in the wilderness.He cries out in thirst as he hangs upon the cross. But as he suffers and dies,the wellspring of God’s love comes pouring out that we might never be thirsty again. In the waters of the font, our baptismal well, God promises that no wilderness in our lives will be so parched that his living water cannot refresh us there. What began for the world at a Samaritan well, at Calvary’s cross, and in a damp, rock-hewn tomb, continues for us.


Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.