3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 9:20 mins

"I want to focus on just one small detail of Jesus's conversation with the Samaritan woman: his use of the phrase 'living water'. Materially speaking, living water means fresh and flowing water; and for water to remain living and life-giving, it must be connected with its source. If water is cut off from its source it stops flowing, stagnates and becomes dead. Now if living water is understood to mean the spiritual life of the soul, as Jesus suggests, then the lessons of this biblical symbol become clear: just as flowing water must be connected to its source, we must be connected to God through the sacraments and prayer. Just as water is life-giving in many ways, if we remain in communion with God, our lives will also be fruitful in many ways."

Today's Readings: Gospel - John 4: 5-42 - “A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”The woman said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” 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.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

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