Sunday 23rd March – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Reflection: John 4:5-42


Happy Sunday friends! Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob is another episode of the ministry of reconciliation which the Lenten season enjoins all of us to reflect on. Let us not allow our individual differences to blind the eyes of our heart from seeking God face to face by the love we show to our neighbor in the simile little but great help we must render to one another.

Dear friends, God’s invitation to partake in his life of abundance requires a hunger for righteousness which can only be satisfied by God. Our reading today reveals Jesus Christ as the living water that gives life and total satisfaction for our thirst. To draw this water of life, one must be ready to accept the full dose i.e. the full of life promised by Jesus. (John 10:10). This is a life that overflows with joy and God’s gift which is able to affect the lives of others positively. Are you ready to accommodate the living water which God’s word brings into your heart? Are you ready for that word of God to flush out your past ways and expose your being to the light of truth just like the Samaritan woman?

God’s message to us must be the food of our soul (John 4:34), giving the capacity each day of our lives to surmount worldly pleasures and living the Gospel of truth and salvation.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give me that living water and make me a channel of grace unto others. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 120 – What does the Holy Spirit do in my life?

The Holy Spirit makes me receptive to God; he teaches me to pray and helps me to be there for others.

Augustine calls the Holy Spirit “The quiet guest of our soul”. Anyone who wants to sense his presence must be quiet. Often this Guest speaks very softly within us and with us, for instance, in the voice of our conscience or through other interior and exterior promptings. Being a “temple of the Holy Spirit” means being there, body and soul, for this Guest, for God in us

 HIDE A TREASURE: “Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God”. Ps 42:1 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42