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What are the passions?
"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."
(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.
First, He told her what He saw in her heart, but without judgment. He understood why she lived the way she did, and so he validated her.
Next, He explained to her about living water. I don't get the sense that her mind fully grasped what was spoken as much as her heart fully grasped the Speaker. Which is why I will go to my grave proclaiming that it is the unadulterated presence of God that transforms us. A genius I.Q. is not necessary to receive divine comfort.
The validation and comfort he'd offered left the woman so hopeful that she left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come see a Man who told me all things I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came to Him. (4:28-30).
She left her waterpot. It's not like she had a fridge full of bottled water at home. He equipped her to live without what she'd previously believed she needed to survive.
This set a restoration process in motion that would actively restore her honor. She said to the men, "Come and see..." And her story was so compelling that they followed her counsel. Christ used a woman with no honor to be honored.
Amazing! I've often wondered why we aren't given the name of the woman at the well. The longer I follow Jesus, the more inclined I am to believe that she remained nameless in order to represent the masses--you and me.
Exercise: Schedule some time ALONE with Jesus everyday and take an empty waterpot with you. Set it at His feet. Talk, or don't talk. Cry. Have a fit. Whatever you need to do. And then receive. Allow Him to pour into you the same way He poured into our friend at the well.
What, I wonder, will you be inspired to "go and tell" others.
We're in good company!
Published on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:42 AM CDT