Discussion Questions

First Reading
Exodus 17:3-7

F1. In the desert, filled with thirsty panic, the Israelites grumbled that God was not with them. Can you relate to this situation in some way? Moses was afraid for his life: what did he do? What helps you?

F2. Think of all the ways water is important to your life. The name of the mountain where Moses struck the rock was Horeb, which means “dry” or “desolate.” What is the significance of this and of the water imagery in salvation history?

Second Reading
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

S1. Everything has been done for us. Christ died for all of us, made us deserving and gave us his Spirit to pour God’s love into our hearts. What is our part?

S2.  Paul says, “The Holy Spirit has been given to us.” What do these words mean to you? Do you rely on the Holy Spirit to come to your aid when you need help? How often do you call on this Spirit?

Gospel
John 4:5-42

G1. “Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans,” the Gospel says. And the woman at the well was a Samaritan. How did Jesus handle this barrier, and the gender issue at the well? When was the only other time Jesus mentions his thirst?

G2. In his general audience, Pope Francis spoke to 80,000 people about how the Holy Spirit is related to mankind’s thirsts. For what do you thirst?

Mankind is like a wanderer who, across the deserts of life, thirsts for water that’s alive, gushing and fresh, able to fully slacken his deep desire for light, love, beauty and peace. Everyone desires this, he said.

It is Jesus who gives humanity this living water through the Holy Spirit, the pope said, “so that our lives may be guided, animated and nourished by God.”

Pope Francis, General Audience

May 8, 2013

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson