Today we celebrate the first of the three scrutinies of those who are preparing to be received into the Church on Easter.
The readings for that Mass are different from the normal readings for this Sunday, so you may not have heard them if you weren't at the noon Mass.
One of the themes is the thirst. First was the Israelites demanding water from God and then a reversal, of Jesus asking water from the Samaritan woman. And yet we are reminded by the Lord Himself that anyone who drinks normal water will be thirsty again.
Christ's ministry began with water, at His baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. Before the end of His life, He gave words to His desire – "I thirst".
We have in ourselves a desire for God, who first desired us. That thirst that we share is for communion – with the Lord and each other! In baptism, we find the living waters that quench our thirst and bring us to new life.
The elect and catechumens who are preparing for reception into the church are coming close to the day of their baptism. As we pray for them, particularly in these scrutinies, we might also be reminded of our own baptism. It is an opportunity to return to the waters that brought us into communion with the Lord.
The Lord thirsts for our faith and our love, that we might know His love and care for us. We go through this time in the desert with the Lord so that we may return to the Lord who gives us eternal life, and finally find satisfaction in God.