Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent
"The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Odes of Solomon (Hebrew Christian text from the beginning of the 2nd century)
No.6, line 7f. (trans. James H. Charlesworth, 1985)
"The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (Jn 4,14)
The Lord has multiplied his knowledge and he was zealous that those things should be known which through his grace have been given to us. And his praise he gave us on account of his name; our spirits praise his Holy Spirit. For there went forth a stream, and it became a river great and broad (Ez 47,1f.); indeed, it carried away everything, and shattered and brought it to the Temple. And the restraints of men were not able to restrain it nor even the arts of those who habitually restrain water. For it spread over the face of all the earth and filled everything.
Then all the thirsty upon the earth drank and thirst was relieved and quenched; for from the Most High was this drink given. Blessed, therefore, are the ministers of that drink: they who have been entrusted with his water. They have satisfied the parched lips and restored the paralyzed will. Even lives about to expire they have seized from death; and members which had fallen, they have restored and set up. They gave strength for their undertakings and light for their eyes. Because everyone recognized them as the Lord's: they live by the living water of eternity.