This Sunday we travel with Jesus to Samaria, where we encounter the woman at the well. She offers Jesus a drink of water, and He says to her, “If you knew who I am, you would ask me for a drink, and I would give you water that would spring up within you, and you would never thirst again.” This is the water of the Holy Spirit. Her response, “Give me this water always”, should be our prayer as well.
What is this water that Jesus offers her, and offers us? It is the gift of the Holy Spirit. At baptism, water is poured out upon us. On one level that represents that our sins are being washed away. On another level, it symbolizes the living water of the Spirit that is being poured into our souls. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what is called Sanctifying Grace, the grace that saves us, that makes us holy.
–Fr. Mike Comer