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John 7:37b-38 Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”
If Christ’s living water is meant to simply quench our spiritual thirst, something far smaller than a river would suffice. A bottomless cup of water or a cosmic tap we could turn on and off at will would be enough.
But Jesus doesn’t call us to be passive recipients of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be living vessels, active agents of God’s will, pouring out the Holy Spirit—not in trickles but in torrents. When we surrender to God’s will, we give way to a force that transforms our own lives and untold stretches of the world around us.
MOVING FORWARD: Make a donation of bottled water to your local food bank or shelter.
Today the Church remembers Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969.