Today is a very exciting day because it is the youth service. It has been a very busy week for me not just because of school and homework but I had to write this sermon. And I just want to thank the youth and Rev. Jess for helping me with this sermon; it was very much appreciated and I am deeply grateful so thank you for all the help that was given. During formation last week, the youth and I read each of readings and found a common theme of thirst and people in the readings having a thirst for water or made a spiritual thirst that they need to fulfill.
In today's gospel a Samaritan woman is going out to get water. I was told that it was significant to look at the time she was getting the water. It was around noon when she went decided to go to the well. Usually the women go in the morning before it got really hot and get enough water for the day. In the passage Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink. It was kind of weird that a Jew would ask this woman a question in Samaria. The woman went on saying you don't have a bucket with you. It's a little confusing that someone would do this out of nowhere and says "give me a drink." Later Jesus says to her "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty". The woman is like "yes I want this give me that water this is what I've been looking for." when I read to myself, it got me thinking; what type of water does Jesus have, is it real water or figurative. This to me is where the spiritual thirst comes into play.
There might be times where we have this thirst but don't know what to do about; how to solve it. We might take a step back and try to take our minds off of it but we always find away to come back to it. Something might remind your thirst and you get to thinking again. It's like your mind is telling you "hey come back, don't forget about it lets try to solve this." This theme reminded me of a phrase that was said earlier in the service: "suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us." We might suffer from not filling this thirst this urge we have in us and not doing anything about it. When we figure it how to quench this thirst we are gifted with this new found endurance we have in us that we didn't know we had. This can help improve your character, you feel this weight lifted off your shoulders and you feel great inside. You want to go out and help others that might be suffering. This can help with our hope. You get this feeling something good might happen and that we can trust whatever it is.
This reminds me of when I was going into the 9th grade; first day of school I had gym second period. All the kids in the class were sitting in the bleachers listening to the teacher talk about what were going to do and other stuff. I was sitting with my friend and we weren't that excited about being in gym you had to do fitness test run the mile, we just didn’t like. Then one of the other gym teachers came in and he said "are there any girls interested in joining the strength training class?" and my friend and I didn't know what it was but it sounded interesting so we decided to join. Little did we know that it was way harder than a regular gym class and the fitness test was way more complex and difficult. The first week I was so over it and wanted to quit I was done. I hurt everywhere and I was so tired. I didn't know if I was going to make it through the class I wanted to quit. Our teacher always said "Never say 'I can't' you say I'm currently struggling with," and will I always remember that. It's the same as your thirst you have, don't give up on it, and don't quit because you will always find a way to get through.
March 19, 2017