March 19, 2017

The Third Sunday of Lent

EX 17: 3-7    Ps 95:1-2,6-7,,8-9   Rm 5: 1-2, 5-8    Jn 4:5-42       

Lent is our desert experience. In the desert Israel and we learn to trust God. That’s not something we learn all at once. Instead, as God provides for us each day, we are reminded again and again of our dependence on God and God’s gracious generosity towards us. “Give us this day our daily bread.” It’s a prayer often said and learned through experience, one day at a time.

So we ask ourselves during this desert experience:

For what am I thirsting now?

Where will I find the waters to quench that thirst?

We are all familiar with the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in today’s Gospel. It is a multileveled story with many lessons on who Jesus is and what He came to share with the world. One of the most meaningful quotes to me in this story is “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.”

In the Letter to the Romans we hear these words; “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Sister and brothers, we have hope, love, and can worship in Spirit and truth because the Holy Spirit has been given to us. This, I believe, is the “the spring of water welling up to eternal life” That Jesus is talking about. It is up to us to drink this water that Jesus gives, to continually ask for the Spirit to be poured into our hearts so we can be that love to others in reaching out to the “Samaritans” in our lives -  be it family, friends or even enemies.