The Water of Everlasting Life

Lectio:  John 4: 1-29: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Jesus goes on to tell the Samaritan woman that Samaritans will no longer worship God in their mountain, nor Jews in Jerusalem.  Rather, God is a Spirit who needs to be worshipped in spirit and truth.  This relates back to the above verse.  God is present in spirit in each of us, and we who partake of his sacrament become a living worship, worshipping God in our very being, transformed into a timeless spiritual life, beyond biology, space and time.

In Discourses III.19, Epictetus says, “The first difference between a layman and a philosopher:  The one says, ‘Woe is me because of my child, my brother, woe because of my father’; and the other, if he can ever be compelled to say, ‘Woe is me’ adds, after a pause,  ‘because of myself.’  For nothing outside of the sphere of the moral purpose can hamper or injure the moral purpose.’”

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