Every month, the program “Ma Foi” deciphers the major themes of faith on Présence Protestante (France 2). David and Damien meet those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ in sometimes confusing ways...
“[…] Whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst, and the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water that will well up into eternal life.
The Samaritan Woman - Gospel of John, chapter 14 verse 15.
We were moving under the canopy. It was hot and we were thirsty because we had been walking in the summer heat for several hours already. Our water bottles were empty. When suddenly our leader stopped. For several minutes he had been silently examining the blue IGN map that served as our guide.
"It's here !!!" he shouted excitedly. He took off his backpack on the dirt path, plunged into the thickets and disappeared, swallowed up by the forest like a Conquistadore of Jibaro who has found his treasure. After a few moments, which seemed like an eternity to our little troop, our leader reappeared: “Come!” We followed him among the branches and wreaths which tried to hinder our progress.
A few meters further, she was there. A small pool had formed in the earth. Clear water flowed from no one knew where. Calm. It was magical. The water came out of the ground right before our eyes, peaceful. It was the first time I saw a spring. This one was just a little blue dot on the map, but it brought life wherever it flowed.
Since that hike when I was a teenager, I have seen different types of springs: a source captured in a civilized fountain; bubbling, indomitable source; mountain spring flowing over the rock; dry spring, live spring.
It sounds stupid, but we all have a source within us. A flow – the followers of this stuff which I don’t subscribe to – would say – which irrigates our life. What is your source? What life does it produce in you? Or what death? Some sources become red Niles, bearers of pharaonic anger and plagues. Some regenerate us.
When Jesus meets the Samaritan woman, he somehow revitalizes the many stories of the water-carriers and the thirsty found in the Bible (seek them, and you will find them). He offers this woman who feels dirty and guilty a source that will quench all her thirsts, wash all her wounds, extinguish all her devouring fires, even the most inextinguishable.
But the story does not end with the Samaritan woman. Indeed, whoever drinks this water will in turn become a "source", bearer of Christ, bearer of life around him. These are the words of Jesus that we find in chapter seven and verse 38 of the Gospel of John:
“Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from his bosom, as the Scripture says.”
A program produced by Damien Boyer, with pastor Daniel Mattioli and hydrogeologist Guillaume.
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