“The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, … will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” [2 Timothy 4: 3-4]. Certainly we are seeing evidence today of St. Paul’s predictions as our society becomes more secular and as God is pushed out of the public square.
Attempting to satisfy desires and insatiable curiosity is an attempt to quench a thirst that will not go away. No matter how often we dip into the well the world has to offer, we will go away with just a temporary quelling of our needs and wants. Only when we drink of the Living Waters will we be truly satisfied.
Spirit of the Living God
Consider what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well. “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” [John 4:14]. By using water—something we cannot live without—as a sign of the Holy Spirit, our Lord tells us that we cannot truly and fully live without the Spirit of God in our souls.
In Baptism, water—the Holy Spirit—is poured onto us to wash away our original sin and to signify our birth into the divine life. Christ’s own baptism opened up the Heavens and the Spirit of God descended upon Him with a voice from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” [Matthew 3:16-17]; this is the divinity Our Lord wants for all of us. The truth is we can have Heaven on earth by allowing Our Lord to come into our lives by way of the Holy Spirit.
Heaven on Earth
Why then do we insist on looking elsewhere to satisfy our longings and desires to feast on life’s banquet when God offers the greatest feast of joy, gentleness, generosity, kindness, patience, goodness, and peace in His infinite love and mercy to all of His beloved children? Remember, at the Wedding Feast of Cana, Christ changed water into wine at the behest of Mary, His blessed Mother, giving the guests the perfect wine—in essence, a taste of Heaven.
God wants only the best for us; to give us Heaven by giving us every opportunity to wash away our sins and be renewed in the Spirit of our Lord. “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit,” said Jesus [John 3:5]; that is the truth.
The choice is ours. We can stop listening to the truth, but the truth will not go away. We can be taken in by the latest myths and fads, but they are fleeting—only to be replaced by other myths and fads. We can continue to look for secular ways to fill our internal void or we can fill our void with Living Waters because what we are truly searching for only can be found in God.