Third Sunday of Lent
Ex. 17:3-7 | Ps. 95:1-2, 6-9 | Rom. 5:1-2, 5-8 | Jn. 4:5-42
All the readings call us to faith. The Exodus story tells how the Jewish people lost faith in Yahweh. Yahweh comes to their aid over and over again. Paul speaks about the call of all Jews to live by faith and hope in God. Paul tells us that hope does not disappoint. Christ has fulfilled this hope through His death on the Cross. Paul reminds us that one does not die for those who are evil; however, Jesus died for us while we were sinners in order to bring us life.
The Gospel is the story of the healing of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus heals this woman from all her sins and leads her to faith in Him. The woman in turn goes back to her village, brings the truth about Christ to them, and they in turn come to believe in Christ. We are called to do the same. Christ comes to us each day to bring us to Himself. If we listen, we will be healed. Then we are called to go out and to bring this good news to others.