Precious Sister Water

Reflection for the Baptism of the Lord by Sr. Marie Lucey, FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations
Originally published in our January 5th newsletter
Praised be you my Lord through Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and chaste.

So sang St. Francis of Assisi in his Canticle of the Creatures. Precious indeed. We entered this life with a rush of water from our mother’s womb and depend on water to live. Water is essential for our physical lives and our sacramental lives, since the first Sacrament we received was through the water of Baptism. This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by John, and John’s acknowledgment that although he baptized Jesus with water, “he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Rich theological and spiritual insights in one short Gospel passage. 

The readings themselves today are “drenched” with water. “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” cries Isaiah. God’s words are like the rain and snow that come down from the heavens “and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful…” John the evangelist describes Jesus as “the one who came through water and blood… So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.” Again, we consider our entrance into this world, preceded by gushing water and delivered in blood. This is a day on which to reflect on our own births, both physical and spiritual, with water being integral to both.

 

There are darker thoughts today associated with precious Sister Water. We view images of drought in our own country and others, particularly countries in Africa. We see rivers, creeks, lakes and bays polluted by trash, chemicals, oil spills and coal ash. In this country, at least, we waste water. There are arguments over water rights; water wars are predicted. Precious Sister Water is under threat, and we cannot live without her. Let us reflect on our own use of water, be aware of water bodies under siege in our respective geographic areas, and consider actions we can take to protect and conserve water. We might join an organization which works to protect water.

 

Suggestion: Today drink a glass of water slowly, gratefully. Renew your Baptismal commitment. Resolve to take some action to conserve and protect precious Sister Water.

 

Sr. Marie Lucey

FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

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