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“Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you” From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop


“Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you”  From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop (Tract. 15, 10-12. 16-17: CCL 36, 154-156)
“Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you”
From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Tract. 15, 10-12. 16-17: CCL 36, 154-156)  (Click to access Website)

“Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you”

From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Tract. 15, 10-12. 16-17: CCL 36, 154-156)

“A woman came”. […] Jesus says to her: “Give me water to drink. For his disciples had gone to the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore says to him: How is it that you, though a Jew, ask me for water to drink, though I am a Samaritan woman? For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans” (Jn 4:7-9). […] But the one who was asking for a drink of water was thirsting for her faith.

“Jesus answered her and said: If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” perhaps you might have asked him and he would have given you living water” (Jn 4:10). He asks for a drink, and he promises a drink. He is in need, as one hoping to receive, yet he is rich, as one about to satisfy the thirst of others. He says: “If you knew the gift of God”. The gift of God is the Holy Spirit. But he is still using veiled language as he speaks to the woman and gradually enters into her heart. […]

“The woman says to him, Master, give me this drink, so that I may feel no thirst or come here to draw water” (Jn 4:15). Her need forced her to this labor, her weakness shrank from it. If only she could hear those words: “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you” (Mt 11:28). Jesus was saying this to her, so that her labors might be at an end.