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Henderson John 2015 2016March 16 , 2017

Greetings,

I hope you are well and I pray that you are happy. I’m just curious, do you have any secrets? What about some private past situations that you have locked away? All of us have something we hold on to, whether good or bad. How would you feel if someone found out about what you might be hiding? How would your life change?

As I was reflecting on the woman who meets Jesus at the well, there were many things that the woman was hiding, was keeping a secret. What is very interesting is that Jesus knew that woman inside and out. He knew everything about her and through an intense discussion allowed her to be set free. What is so beautiful is that Jesus is not there to condemn the woman but rather to help her grow as a child of God.

Jesus invited the woman to drink the water he brings. Jesus said: “Everyone who drinks this water (from the well) will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman is curious: “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Her desire for something more allows Jesus to then go deeper in her life and uncover some of the hidden secrets so that he might set her free.

In your desert experience this Lent, you find yourself alone and very thirsty and you discover a well filled with fresh cold water. Low and behold you also see a man sitting there alone. His name is Jesus, eager to meet you, eager to open your heart of all of the hidden secrets, eager to set you free. Jesus offers you living water! What is your response to the invitation?

Hopefully you are curious and you ask the Lord for this water. Let Jesus show you a deeper, holier and a more abundant life. It is not going to be easy because he will rip open those hidden secrets that are holding you back. There will be shame and embarrassment but do not be afraid to talk with Jesus. Remember he is not there to condemn you but love you and show you a better way. Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world and your Savior. Allow him to be in your life. He knows you so well so don’t try to hide from him.

My friends, enjoy some refreshing water, the water of eternal life. Have a great week!

Your friend,

                                                                                                     Fr. John