Several disciplines have, more often than not, expressed their confidence in the powers of water. Philosophy, Science and even our religion speak volume to the powers of water. Water precedes, creates and even sustains existents. Remove water from the earth and everything comes to nothing. No aspect of production succeeds in the absence of water, and no life survives when water becomes in accessible.
Water was the first answer given by the first philosopher (Thales) to the first philosophical question as regards what fundamental ‘’ stuff’’ underlies everything we find in the world. The age-long and universal relevance of water could have given rise to this rational thought of Thales.
Even from a scientific point of view, one can express the certainty that everything is transformed water. Liquid water can be transformed into a gas (steam), and it also can be changed into a solid (ice). Furthermore, water goes into the air in the form of mist and returns back to the earth as rain. When water evaporates from a dish, it leaves sediment and digging down into the earth leads us to water. Nonetheless, the scientific benefits of water to human body, to animals or even to the seeds of plants have produced innumerable books to the world library as well as the goggle.
In the aspect of Religion, biblical record has it that prior to creation, when the earth had no form and was void; darkness was over the deep and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters (Gen 1:2). Indications could therefore emerge that water was not created as such but rather separated (Gen 1:6). Besides, when God formed man, with dust drawn from clay, (Gen 2:7) water might have been one of the unavoidable raw materials. All these analysis reveal the unassuming powers bequeathed on water.
Against this backdrop, it is therefore neither strange nor surprising that the same water, as God really created it and uncontaminated in any form, can be a source of regeneration or rebirth in humanity. The same water that was inevitable in forming man out of clay became indispensable for regaining man’s state of original innocence
Meanwhile, in spite of the powers of water, Jesus’ baptism at Jordan and His Paschal Mystery were unconditionally responsible for water to assume a power of rebirth. In the simplest expression; they are the source events of Christian baptism. This unarguable assert is hinged on two facts;
First, the Epiphany (ie the mysterious scene that follow the baptism as reported in Mtt 3:16-17, Mk 1:10-11; 3:22; Jn 1:32-33) is not only a divine signature on the ministry of Christ but also a graphic indication of the new direction future baptism should follow. That is to say, when water is applied as baptism, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the recipients become entirely pleasing to God, and Christ-like to the extent that the Father would see in them what He saw in His Son, Jesus.
Secondly, source from which waters draw the power of rebirth is predicated on the fact that it was not until Christ shed his blood that we were able to enjoy sacramental graces. Moreover, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very explicit here, when it says: “the blood and Water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of the new life. From then on, it is possible ‘ to be born of water and the Spirit’ in order to enter the kingdom of God’’.
Finally, two things are divinely significant about the water of rebirth. First, the sign of repentance, and the proof that an individual has welcomed the Good News and submitted to Christ. Another, the power of incorporating and integrating the baptised into the mystical body of Christ, the Church. By implication repentance and its proof precedes incorporation and integration into Christ. Therefore, if, since after one received this water of rebirth, there are indications of unrepentance in any aspect of one’s spiritual or moral life, the sacrament of reconciliation offers hope of total conversion and its consequential incorporation into the mystical body of Christ.