BEFORE BEGINNING TAKE A MOMENT TO QUIET YOURSELF as you invite god to feed your soul.
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 7:37-41
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee?”
John wants us to see that Jesus Himself is the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles [the festival from v. 37]. In 1:14 he told us that (literally), “the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” Paul tells us that Jesus is the rock that supplied Israel with water in the barren desert (1 Cor. 10:4). He is also the bread of life, the fulfillment of the manna that sustained Israel in the wilderness (John 6). So now, on the last day of this feast, Jesus claims to be the source of living water to all who will come to Him and drink. In other words, He fulfills all that the feast symbolized.
…Jesus didn’t say, “If anyone is thirsty, keep digging and eventually you’ll hit water!” He didn’t say, “If anyone is thirsty, let him join the church, get baptized, take communion, do penance, give money to the church, clean up your life, and attend church every Sunday!” Jesus simply said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” “Me” implies that it is a personal relationship with Jesus, not a bunch of religious rules or rituals.
(“Lesson 43: Rivers of Living Water—for You and from You (John 7:37-39)” by Steven J. Cole, (c) 2014)
Lectio divina is a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures, done in four steps. To prepare for this practice, place yourself in a comfortable position and allow yourself to become silent. Take a few breaths and enjoy the silence for a few moments.
Read today’s scripture passage slowly and reflectively. Allow the text to “sink in”. Read the passage two to three times, and as you do, listen for what word or phrase God is highlighting for you.
Take the word or phrase that God has lifted out for you and repeat it to yourself. Consider what these words stir up in you – what thoughts, emotions, memories. Memorize the word or phrase and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your concerns, memories, ideas, etc. Allow this reflection to invite you into dialogue with God.
In response to the passage, let your heart speak to God. Give to him what you have discovered during your time of reflection and contemplation. Use the word or phrase to more fully experience God and consider how these words can bless and transform you.
Rest in God's embrace. Let go of your thoughts, plans, reflections, words – and simply rest in God’s Word. Quiet your mind and heart, and listen for God, soaking in his presence.
Jesus, our Savior, thank you for coming to dwell among us. Thank you for being our source of living water. Thank you for your invitation to simply come to you and receive your grace. May we rest in your presence and provision today. In your name, Amen.