- Numbers 20:1-11, The Israelites at Meribah
- Psalm 119:10-20. I will not forget your word
- Romans 15.2-7, May God … grant you to live in harmony with one another
- John 4:7-15, Give me to drink
Christians should be confident that encountering and exchanging experiences with other religious traditions, can change us and help us to reach into the depths of the well. Approaching those who are strangers to us with the desire to drink from their well, opens to us the “wonders of God” that we proclaim.
In the wilderness God’s people were without water and God sent Moses and Aaron to bring water forth from the rock. In the same way God often meets our needs through others and so we need to turn also to them, and ask, “Give me to drink.”
Sometimes the answer to our need is already in the life and goodwill of the people around us. The Guarany people of Brazil have no equivalent word for the term “religion” as separate from the rest of life. The expression literally means “our good way of being” (“ñande reko katu”) It refers to the whole cultural system, which includes religion. Religion, therefore, is part of the Guarany cultural system, as well as their way of thinking and being (teko). It relates to all that improves and develops the community and leads to its “good way of being” (teko katu). These people remind us that Christianity was first called “The Way” (Acts 9:2). “The Way,” or “our good way of being” is God’s way of bringing harmony to all parts of our lives
God of life, who cares for all creation, and calls us to justice and peace, may our security not come from arms, but from respect. May our force not be of violence, but of love. May our wealth not be in money, but in sharing. May our path not be of ambition, but of justice. May our victory not be from vengeance, but in forgiveness. May our unity not be in the quest of power, but in vulnerable witness to do your will. Open and confident, may we defend the dignity of all creation, sharing, today and forever, the bread of solidarity, justice and peace. This we ask in the name of Jesus, your holy Son, our brother, who, as victim of our violence, even from the heights of the cross, gave forgiveness to us all. Amen.
Source: Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute