Speak Lord: thirsty Lord…

Samaritan woman Chester.jpg

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

Responsorial Psalm for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 62:2-8

As he dies on the Cross, Jesus cries out that he thirsts. Early In John’s Gospel he thirsts also, and he asks a Samaritan woman for water to drink. In the lively exchange which follows Jesus reveals that his deeper thirst is for the salvation of this woman, reveals his desire for the salvation of all.

And that salvation is achieved when like him we thirst for the living God, when our love of God and desire for God informs our waking hours and shapes our dreams.

In the psalm sung at Mass tomorrow the thirst for God is described as like a pining, but it is also seen as leading to our fulfilment. What we long for will not be denied us, and then we will rejoice. Even now, inspired by the faith of the psalmist and the hope Christ has planted in our our hearts – even now, and as we thirst, we can be filled with joy…

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. Chester Catedral. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

 

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