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Reading I: Exodus 17:3-7
Responsorial Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Reading II: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
Gospel: John 4:5-42

Quench our thirst for life in your living love. 
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

John 4:5-42

The water I shall give will become in you a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.

 Lord,

when
 you told the
woman at the well
everything about her life,

we think of our own lives as well.

 You know each
of our ins and outs too:
when we sit and when we stand;

when we
 yearn for light, love, beauty and peace, for
worship of you in Spirit and truth!

Lord, so often we stay dry!
Come, Oh Lord Jesus,
quench our thirst
for life in

your
living love.


THE FIRST READING

Exodus 17:3-7

Strike the rock and water will flow from it for the people to drink

They dragged themselves
  across the desert,
dying of thirst.

They
questioned whether
the Lord was in their midst
or not.

God was
there, but something
had drained their souls dry.

So too with us.

It can be hard to find you
within these dry days of our lives.

Help us, please.

Be fresh water
to our dry-
ness.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

The love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God,
We hope in you.
You never disappoint.
Your love comes upon us
 just like rain does upon the earth.

You want us to become graceful gardens.

Since our roots need rain,
please bathe them in
 your goodness.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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