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Living water

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd • Cedar Springs

616 696 3904

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

On Easter Sunday, the faithful walk into a Catholic Church and are sprinkled with holy water. One might ask: Why is there the custom of blessing with holy water and why is it on Easter?  

Why the use of holy water? Being an age-old custom, water is one of the things that the Church often uses in blessing the faithful and things that are important to us in this earthly life. This reminds us of the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (Jn 4:13-14). So, the holy water reminds us that Christ, who called Himself the living water (Jn 4:10), and who has given to us the supreme divine blessings, in water established baptism for our sake as the sacramental sign that brings salvation. 

One of the prayers of blessing of water explains succinctly: “Blessed are you, Lord, all-powerful God, who in Christ, the living water of salvation, blessed and transformed us.  Grant that, when we are sprinkled with this water or make use of it, we will be refreshed inwardly by the power of the Holy Spirit and continue to walk in the new life we received at baptism. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen” (see Book of Blessings, no. 1396).

This leads us to why sprinkle holy water on Easter Sunday? At the Easter Vigil, the most solemn liturgy of the Church, the water from the baptismal font of the Church is solemnly blessed. And from this font, we baptize our brothers and sisters. On Easter Sunday, for those who cannot attend the Easter Vigil, “let this water call to mind our baptism into Christ, who has redeemed us by His death and resurrection” (see Book of Blessings, no. 1396). Being sprinkled with holy water is thanking the Lord who renews all in Christ through His death and resurrection. Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia.

May these 50 days of Easter be a joyful time for all of you because Christ is our living water.

(Father Lam also is the Pastor of Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, 1 West Maple St, Sand Lake, Michigan 49343 phone: 616 636 5671.)

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