Exodus 17:1-7 Craving for Water
Water is so essential to life that it is no surprise that the Bible would use it as a major metaphor for grace. Indeed, in the Christian faith, water is the very visible and physical means used to communicate the grace of salvation, especially in the Sacrament of Baptism, the water is a symbol of God’s grace that precedes our faith and cleansing of our sins. Because water is so abundant and readily available in drinkable form for us today, it is easy for us to take it for granted.
If we lived in a desert or in areas of the world where water tends to be contaminated, when and where it is available, we would most probably value water, clear water, fresh water, “living” water, much more highly than we do. Every drink of water, every pot of water to cook vegetables in, every carafe of coffee, every shower or bath, is an opportunity for us to recall the grace, the providential grace of God and to praise and thank God for it.