MARCH 19, 2017: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
by Luis Rodriguez






Exodus 17:3-7
Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42




Both the first and the second reading of today point to the gospel reading, albeit in different ways.
In the first reading the people’s longing for water prepares us to hear the Samaritan woman’s longing for a water that would spare her the need to keep returning to the well. In the second reading Paul’s words while we were still sinners provide a setting for Jesus’ engaging the woman in conversation while she was still a sinner. The gospel reading itself offers us several lessons, but I will focus only on two of them.


The first lesson is that sin can blind us to the recognition of our sins. The woman seems to have gone about her daily chores oblivious of the moral predicament of her life, yet perhaps not so totally oblivious. Women in that region went to draw water in the cool of the morning, yet here she is, coming to draw water about noon in the heat of the day. Was she avoiding the gossip of other women coming to the same well? Regardless, her conversation with Jesus reveals no awareness of her morally wrong situation. Sin can blind us and this can happen also to good people. King David is presented to us as a man after God’s own heart [1 Sam. 13: 14], yet it took the voice of the prophet Nathan, and even then talking to him in a circuitous way, to reveal to David his double sin of adultery and murder. It took the voice of Jesus to reveal to the woman the sinful situation of her living. Sin can blind us.

 


The second lesson comes from the town folks, who first come to Jesus after hearing the woman’s story of her encounter with him. They invited Jesus to stay with them and he indeed stayed there two days.
Their interaction with him during those days led them to say to the woman: we no longer believe because of your word, for we have heard for ourselves... We ourselves may have been led to the Lord initially by someone else’s words and this can be a promising beginning.
But in the last analysis our believing will need to rest on a personal experience of the Lord. We have today an abundance –superabundance?– of words about Jesus. What we need, more than words, is the testimony of believers, who know the Lord from more than just hearsay.


Daily Meditation:
Form a new heart within .
This Sunday brings us closer to the font of renewing our baptismal commitment.
It is also the first of three Scrutinies for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

We are deeply aware that there is a struggle going on in us.
We turn to God, that we might not become discouraged.
We rely on God's compassion and love for us.

We acknowledge who we are
- sinners who experience the consequences of our selfishness -
but we know we are loved and we desire to be filled with hope.

We go into this week renewed in our desire to continue our
prayer, fasting and generosity toward others.



Closing Prayer:
Loving Father,
So many times I turn away from you
and always you welcome me back.
Your mercy and love gives me confidence
Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray
so that you can form a new heart within me.
Your powerful compassion for my weaknesses
leads me to ask for mercy
and await with great hope the Easter joy you share with us.









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by Luis Rodriguez
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

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PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel - Saint Andrew of Crete
We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Are we not all one another's brothers? - Theodore the Studite
Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen
The mercy of God to the penitent - St. Maximus the Confessor
Hold fast to God, the one true good - Saint Ambrose
A Samaritan woman came to draw water - Saint Augustine
Friendship with God - William A. Barry, SJ
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
What should I give up for Lent? chocolate? ice cream? soda?
In Christ we suffered temptation, and in him we overcame ... - Saint Augustine
Biblical time: Chronos or Kairos? - Archbishop Christopher Prowse

 

 

 

 

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