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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI # 344= FAITH REFLECTION PDF Print E-mail

Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection
Father Raymond Finch
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Today at 4:42 AM

"A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'...Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, "Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.'"​

John 4:7, 10
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Do you think twice about turning on your faucet?
We often take for granted that safe water will always be there. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, and UN-Water coordinates the work on water and sanitation, setting the yearly themes. This year it is "Wastewater".

I took water for granted when I was growing up because it was always available. Once on mission, however, I realized how important water is. In Cochabamba—the third largest city in Bolivia with a population of over 800,000—only about a third of the homes have water service arriving to these "privileged" houses through a distribution system of pipes. Because of the current drought, this system only provides a few hours of water every three or four days. The rest of the population relies on water costing more than double the pipe system to buy and it is brought in through tanker trucks to fill their cisterns: 10,000 liters of water costs about $60.00.

A person living in a moderate climate should drink two liters of water a day. Cochabamba's hot semi-arid steppe climate necessitates higher water consumption, but based on even moderate figures, the people of this appropriately named "City of Eternal Spring" require a minimum of 1,600,000 liters of water for consumption alone, (cooking, bathing and other uses of water excluded)!

Prayer for 3rd Sunday​

Like water from the heavens
let Your grace rain down on us,
O Lord.

And spring forth from our parched souls
like wellsprings of life-giving
peace, forgiveness and joy.

May streams of mercy flow
from Your most sacred heart
to cleanse, nourish and refresh
our lives now and forever.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, Jesus offered the Samaritan woman—a member of a shunned race at that time—a spring of water that would well into eternal life because 1) the Gospel is for everyone, no matter race, social position or past errors and, 2) Jesus' brand of "living water" satisfied not only her physical need for hydration, but her spiritual one as well. On World Water Day, let us not take either physical or spiritual water for granted. Let us vow to follow our Lord's example by not only taking from the well, but re-filling it as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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