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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
Third Sunday of Lent (C)
March 7, 2010
•“Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” (Exodus 17:3)
•Strike the rock and the water will flow from it. (Exodus 17:6)
•Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)
• And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts…  (Romans 5:5)
•…only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:7)
• “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  (John 4:13-14)
•Where is your Egypt?  What is your thirst that cannot be quenched?
• Will hope for salvation in a physical thing or place be disappointed?  Is it possible for hope in God to be denied?
•Think of water welling up as spring within you. Is this an image of God’s grace, God’s presence within you?
• Compare dying of thirst in the desert with the image of miraculous water welling up within you or with the water that quenches all thirsts. 
• Now consider dying for the other instead of dying for thirst and the one who dies for you.

Jesus became a sacrament for me, the cause of my salvation, he brought my time in hell to an end, and put a stop to my inner disintegration. He washed my patiently in the waters of salvation, He filled me with the exhilarating joy of the Holy Spirit in confirmation, he nourished me with the bread of his word. Above all, he forgave me, he forgot everything, he did not even wish me to remember my past self.1

1Carlo Carreto, The God Who Comes, Orbis Books, Maryknoll: New York, 1974.

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