Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are well aware that Lent provides us with an important time to evaluate our life in the light of Christ and His teachings, but it also makes us focus on what He has done for us personally. First, we are fashioned in His and the Father’s image and likeness thus giving us life. Secondly, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we become a new creation through the waters of Baptism in the womb of Mother Church. Did you realize that the Baptismal Font symbolizes both a tomb and a womb. It is where we “die” to this world and rise with Christ to the promise of eternal life. Whenever you are in Church contemplate the Baptismal Font. There God has fulfilled His promise to you, that He would send a Savior to free you from sin and prepare a place for you in His eternal kingdom.
When we prepare our children for the Sacrament of their First Confession the Font plays a primary role in their understanding of their journey in the Faith. Baptism, of course, happens only once, but because God in His mercy continues to offer us salvation and freedom from sin, we are able through the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation to once again enjoy the innocence attained at our Baptism. Oh how great and merciful is the Lord!
In both the account of Exodus and the Gospel of today there is thirst for water. Surely, there is the need for the element that sustains life. That is, the natural and physical yearning. However, there is another thirst and that is for the mercy of God. We cannot live without either one. That which sustains us for the earthly journey also symbolizes the thirsting for unity with Him Who made us. Christ brings us the waters of life.
As we examine our consciences during this holy season ask yourself, what are you thirsting for? Does the burden of sin keep you dry and lifeless? Where are the refreshing waters to be found? Where is the joy of life to be restored? It is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.