“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”” John 4:10
I watched the stock market crash on Monday after it had already declined quite a bit. I worry about those who were hoping to retire soon and those who rely on their investments for daily living. It reminded me of our gospel lesson for this week. A woman makes her daily trudge to get water from a well in the midday sun. I see parallels to our worries about money, the economy, our health and so much more. Everyday she relied on her effort and work to fill her bucket with no guarantee that there would be water the next day in that well. Then she meets Jesus offering living water, that is water that doesn’t run out, that bubbles up to eternal life. I would be skeptical too, but also hopeful. Our gospel claims that there is such a thing as a gift from God that never runs out, never bottoms out, never crashes. The gift of God isn’t like a stock market that goes up and down. The gift that Jesus offers is life that never ends, life that just gets more vibrant and full, life that is rich in love and relationships. This is the living water. As the events around us induce so much worry and anxiety, let us turn to Jesus who offers a peace that passes understanding and a gift that never runs out.