The Arena
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He Thirsts! | Sunday of the Samaritan Woman 2021

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Patristic nitor publications isthrilled to host its two thousand and twenty one conference entitled theMother of God in our lives right here in person at Saint Andrew Church andRiverside California, and for all who register by video live streaming aroundthe globe. Our theological itinerary is superb. We expect four lectures by hisGrace Bishop Irina of London and Western Europe and additional lecturesby father, Chad, Hadfield other John Parker, father, Coline, Burger andmyself to register simply go to patristicnectori click on the registration button. Those who register will be ableto see each of the lectures by live stream over the course of the weekendparticipate in the Q Na as well as receive the edited lectures in theirlibrary at Pan p. We hope to see what the conference and now the arena with Father Josiah Treno, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit. Christ is risen. You know brothers and sisters thisSunday. Every year I go through the same spiritualexperience, I'm listening to the Gospel, and I have to hold myself back from jumping through the holy doors andbeginning my sermon. The Gospel is so rich, so full ofunbelievable grace and it is so precious to believers thatit's hard to contain oneself. You know this incredible account between ourLord and Saint Fortini, the Samaritan woman and the theme of Thirst, God's thirst,men's misguided thirst,...

Christian thirst. It means a lot to me because my ownlife was with Christ was was started as a young person along this exact same theme andexperience when I was a young man. Fifteen years old, my parents had presented me to Christas a baby. They had faithfully taken me to church my whole life, but I was confused. I was confused. Idon't think any one knew it from the outside, but I knew it. I knew it and one day the man who thirsts for men confronted me in my life, he stirred me up out of nowhere. I'd come home from high school. I wasin my bedroom was third three thirty in the afternoon. I was no doubtcontemplating how I could avoid doing. My homework is a beautiful sunny day. I can see the sun coming through mywindow now and I was arrested by a sense that God approached me in myroom. I couldn't see him, but I felt him. I felt him and I had an immediateurge to read the Bible. Something to my shame. I had never done. In fact I hada Bible. It had been given to me in the second grade from my Sunday school teacher. God bless her. I had never read it. Ihad never taken it off the shelf since second grade. I was seven, I think in second grade,and this was taking place at age. Fifteen the end of my fifteenth year. Iopened the Bible not knowing where to...

...read. I let it fall open in my hand, itdidn't have a crease in it. It had no place where I had left off readingbefore, because I never had and it fell open. What do you note to the sermon onthe Mount and I looked down, and I read one verse- That's all I could take blessed are those who hunger and thirstfor righteousness for they shall be satisfied. I felt as though the LordJesus was standing in front of me saying that verse in His livingpresence and that he had a bow and Arrow and he pulled back that Arrow andhe shot it right into my own heart of shame I felt penetrated, I felt completely undone. I threw the Bible onmy bed and I ran out of my room. I have readthe Bible every day of my life since that day since that day. So when I hearthis Gospel text want to hear this Marvelous Gospel text about this womanwho was off track this woman, who was approached out ofnowhere against all reason and made no sense for Christ to be inSamaria where he had forbidden his disciples to go, see that you enter no city of theSamaritans, he told him and then he immediately does it. He speaks to a woman. What you're notsupposed to do and she's even shocked by it, and then he takes his divine finger and presses it right intothe womb of her shame and changes her life, I'm moved by it. I'm sure many of you have similar storiesyounger older recently because it doesn't stop it's not as though the one who thirstsfor US approaches us once there is...

...often a definitive moment, especiallyif we're off track is called repentance. He comes and he taps us pokes US directs US revolutionizes our vision, but then he continues to thirst for usand he will continue to thirst for us to be with us in an ever deepeningcommunion for ever Saint Gregory. The PALOSIAN says: That's the definition ofeternity, perpetual unceasing deeper union withthe God who loves us, that's eternity. Let's say it all together on threehundred to three wow wow. You know this experience that I'mdescribing this particularly great love for the account of a Samaritan woman.This has thrilled Christian hearts forever. You know the Jews cared aboutJacob's well, but it wasn't that big a deal until our saviour went there witha different kind of water until he went there to offer a waterthat wasn't just for the Patriarchs animals and for his workers, but awater. What that was for eternal life, he changed that cistern into a lifegiving spring. This is the difference between thewater of the world and the water of Christ. It rejuvenates itself, itrejuvenates itself, there's all sorts of beautiful anticipatory types in theOld Testament of this miracle that is performed to day the miracle when theHoly Spirit comes into someone's life and begins to work from the insiderejuvenating guiding refreshing satisfying, quenching desire andorienting it. It happened with the profits, especially with the ProphetElias and the Prophet Elisha, and the...

Old Testament. Do you remember thestory of the Prophet Elias and the widow of Zerape? What did he say to her? The same thing.Jesus says to the Samaritan woman this morning, the Prophet Eliah says to thiswidow, give me something to drink. She had nothing. She had nothing at all. He said, giveme something to drink and don't worry don't worry. I am going to cause yourjars of oil, which are empty as you're preparing to die. I will cause yourjars of oil to perpetually rejuvenate themselves and that's exactly whathappened that woman responded to. The call of the Prophet gave him his watersatisfied the thirst of the Prophet for her, and then the miracle ofmultiplication took place. His spiritual son, the Prophet Elisha, didthe same thing Prophet Elisha and he was dealing not with the widow ofSerapa, but with a widow of one of his spiritual sons who had fallen intopoverty, and she was afraid that everything would be taken from her andhe said to her the same thing: Don't worry, get some jars and God will perpetually fill them foryou and get as many jars as you possibly can fill your entire house with empty jars.Don't think I mean a little, I mean everyone, you can grab, God filled everyone up and she was ableto sell the oil live on it. Take care of her son. These are beautiful imagesof the miracle that takes place today. We also have not just prophetic imagesin the old testament of this. We have kingly images. Think of the thirst ofKing David. I don't just mean his thirst for God that he articulates sobeautiful and Lean the psalms like Sim forty one when he says my heart thirstsfor the living God like a deere panting...

...by the waters, the so my heart thirsts for Thee, O God.When shall I come and see the Living God, I'm not talking about just that,but think of when he was in battle and he was overcome overcome by thirst,and he said who will give me something to drink from the wells of Bethlehem,which was occupied by the enemy and one of his valiant soldiers said I'm goingto go myself single handedly through the enemy I'm going to draw water fromthat. Well, I'm going to bring it to you to satisfy the thirst of the king.These beautiful images, prophets and gangs of the Old Testament revealed tous the heart of God and reveal to us Jesus's disposition to day towards herand towards us. This text is just dripping with God's ambitions for us, his absolute laser sharp focus on ourlives. This is the God we serve. He knows and cares about each one of uslike Christ, knew and cared about that woman Fortini and when he reveals shame which absolutely one hundred per centmust happen dear once there is no progress in the spiritual life withoutallowing our deepest darkest secrets, the ugliest part of ourselves to be touched directly by Christ. If wehide that, if we try to block that we're keeping ourselves in theconfusion of Foutin and stealing from ourselves, the transformation that'spossible when the light of God comes into our mess. No one could speak better about thisthan Fortini these beautiful things. This is the reason that the church hasso loved Jacob's. Well, ever since...

...we built churches immediately upon thatholy site, I was reading a beautiful hymn by one of the greatest theologians ofthe church, whose icon adorns the South West corner of the church, Saint Ef,from the Syrian Great Fourth Century Saint. He wrote incredible theology almostcompletely in poetry, poetry and hymned, and he dedicated his seventeenth him inhis collection hymns on virginity to the FO, the Samaritan, woman, Fortin,and he says something so beautiful. He says the one who is tireless became tired in order to give you rest, the one who is tireless became tired inorder to give you breath he put himself so low so that he couldhave occasions to meet and need from us when he needs nothing. This was the occasion for foutinus lifetransformation and so many others throughout Christian history. In themiddle of the fourth century, we built a magnificent church over this well, and we have had, though,that beautiful church, by the way, the mosaic floor of that mid Fourth CenturyChurch, is still there. It's a little bit out of anabolism outof the city of Nablus in the West Bank. It's still there. The actual structuresof the church have been torn down by a number of invaders. Persians beat us up badly Salatindestroyed it, but we have immediately restored and rebuilt that church overand over and over again, as a matter of fact, it continues to be a place ofwonders. It was the place when, just a few years ago, just a few years- one thousand ninehundred and seventy nine...

...one of our wonderful young monks becamea saint for the philominus. He was a CIPRIA and as a young man who grew up inNicosia, a town where some of our parishioners are from when he was a young man. He went to STARovoonia, one of the famous monasteries there with his brother and he became amonk and then he felt God calling him to go and become the guardian ofJacob's well, and he went and took care of thisbeautiful, beautiful, magnificent church, which is a pilgrim's sit forall the Christians who come to the Holy Land every year in one sand. Ninehundred and seventy nine some crazed, nutty Zionists, came and told him thatthis was a Jewish holy site and that all Christian, imagery and crosses needto be removed, because this is always belonged to the Jews and he looked atthem. He said that's funny because, as you're speaking to me, you're standingon a mosaic floor built by the Christians in the fourth century,it must have been a very long time ago that you own this property. Anyway, they took an ass and cleavedhis hat head and the form of a clock cross and chopped off his three fingers.So he couldn't make the Cross and left him for Dead Father Philominus, the holy new martyrphilomenas still overflowing with joy at Jacob's. Well I'll tell you, brothers and sisters,God desires, you he's thirsting for us and we ourselves have to allow him to direct our thirstin the right way. Poor Fantini she was trying to findsatisfaction in her life and she wasn't just some flub just imagine if she was your mom...

...five husbands and she was living withthe six guy. Now you know we parents we strugglesometimes, but that's- that's pretty tough for children to take five husbands and living with a six guylike mom. Stop enough enough, don't you know thisisn't, for you try something else, try something else she was struggling, but there's so manyclues in the scripture that she, even though she was misdirected, even thoughher thirst was on the earth and she had to hear what Jesus said at the end ofthe Gospel lift up your eyes, she had to figure that out and took hera long time, but she also look at this. She, she was a student of the scriptures. She said to Christ, some very importantthing she goes. I know that you, Jews, say that we should worship in Jerusalem,but our fathers worshipped in this mountain and Jesus was very clear. Someheriton heresy will not save you. Salvation is from the Jews, then she says, and even in the profits. The prophets say that the Messiah willcomment at that time. He'll reveal everything to us. You know what that'sso amazing. The essence of the Samaritan heresy was a rejection of allprophecy. They only read the Pentito, they hadtheir own version, the Samaritan Pentito and they didn't read theprophets, but she did she was paying attention. She was looking. Are youperhaps him and then, when he says to her those beautifulwords I who speak to you am he that was all she had to hear? I'm surethat the the water bucket just went flying...

I'm out of here. She runs back home,everybody listen, listen! What's she doing now find a new boyfriend? What can you m? I mean how many peoplewill be disposed to listen to her, give her some of it it would you listen tosomeone who's going to give you religious instruction? who was on hersix man? I don't think so. I would think youknow you have a little religious problem. Let's solve that first andthen come talk to us right. That's probably what people were thinking.That's probably what people were thinking, but it was all from God. She showed her faith. She showed her wonder.By being so honest, he told me everything I did she wasn't hiding it.She wasn't trying to present herself as some sort of upright righteous person. They came running with her and thenthey sat with Christ. Then he demonstrated that his thirst wasn'tjust for her. It was for the entire town. He stayed two days with them,answering their questions, interacting with them non stop and then they'vedeclared what we know now. We know for ourselves that thisman is the saviour of the world, our Savior, what a portion of scripture, what a Godwe serve brothers and sisters be delighted to be loved like this, do not be afraid of the finger of Christ on your heart.Don't be afraid it is the path to glory this woman converted her sons. She hadtwo sons: they both became Christians. She hadfive sisters. They all became Christians made in she's becomeChristians. They became missionaries she's commemorated as an equal of theapostles people of the apostles. She built thechurch, this woman, her own experience...

...she shared even with Emperor Nero. Sheconverted emperor, Nero's daughter and ended her life beautifully in martyrdom.We are so rich. We are so rich May, the God who thirst for us be praised byour choosing to thirst, above all things for him for righteousness now in Fortement, hope that you haveenjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you byPatristic Nectar, Publications, a nonprofit organization committed tonourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at the w dot, patristic nectar, dot.Org. Again, that's W W W that patristic nectar, dotor.

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