233 – Water – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Two things came together Sunday that have me thinking about water this week.

First, last Sunday was the celebrated as the “Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.” Many in church listened to the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ baptism and were encouraged to consider their own baptism and the life that calls us into.

Second, this past Sunday was the running of the First Light Marathon here in Mobile. On that day some 3000 runners participated in a marathon that supports the work of the L’Arche community here. In addition to the runners there are many others who help with the event and on that Sunday I got to be one of those helping. Some very good friends, and family and some new friends were at a water stop near mile five of the run, handing out water and sports drink to the runners.

Scripture not only records for us Jesus’ baptism it also records his words “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” (Matthew 25.35). From Jesus’ baptism to our baptism to handing a drink of water to a thirsty runner.

What do you think Jesus had in mind when as he described the marks of his disciples and included in their actions “giving … something to drink”?

As disciples we enter the waters of baptism. Yes? As disciples we reach out to quench the thirst of those around us. Yes?

Water – what do you think it has to do with the Christ-like life? What does it have to do with being a disciple of Jesus?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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