Third Sunday of Lent
Eternal God, who has given us every mercy and goodness, look graciously upon us that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by Your mercy.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42
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Jesus answered and said to her,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but 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.”
Jesus goes out to meet a Samaritan woman who is preparing to draw water from the well. After a sincere dialogue, the woman comes to discover who the unknown traveler is—and he discovers who she is. She realizes this man is the Messiah people were waiting for. And she realizes that she was thirsty not so much for the natural water as for the “living water” that Jesus was offering her.
Today Jesus is also coming out to meet us because He wants to engage in dialogue with each one of us. He takes the initiative, but it is necessary for us to open ourselves to Jesus in order to discover who He is and who we are. We may have to refine some images we have formed of Jesus. And we can only achieve that if we allow Jesus to manifest Himself to us as He is.
If we listen carefully to Jesus, we will also discover who we are, what our aspirations are, our values… Perhaps we will realize that we are looking for “water” that does not quite quench our thirst; it is the water of the material that leaves us increasingly dissatisfied. And we discover that living water that Jesus offers us; the living water of His love, of His saving message that holds within itself a promise of eternity.
- What do I want to get out of Lent that will quench my thirst?
- A I ready to open myself up to Jesus and really discover who He is?
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.