On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “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.’ ” John 7:37-39.
Included in the reflection today is part of the reading from John for today, and also the reading from Isaiah. Although the reading from John appears to be an astounding claim, it does reflect that which had been written hundreds of years previously and is included below.
Though we feel that we may experience the wrath of God, he is always forgiving. I feel it is important to remember that much of what we do experience is not the wrath of God, but the wrath of man. In God alone I will find my salvation. Humans cannot give that to me. He is my comfort and in Him I place my trust. Trust leads into joy, and joy leads into giving thanks.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Equally, when you are thirsty you are invited to drink from Jesus because in Him there is a well of salvation. We hark back again to the invitation on Christmas Day where we were invited and are continually invited to allow God to dwell in within. To allow the well of salvation to dwell within. Only then, will rivers of living water flow out of us, as believers.
You will say in that day:
I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
and you comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day:
Give thanks to the Lord,
call on his name;
make known his deeds among the nations;
proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.