Scripture Reading: John 4:5-42
We are three weeks into Lent, the liturgy invites us to take a faith journey in the company of a courageous outsider, an unnamed woman from a despised religious group, a Samaritan. Jesus asked for a drink and the woman’s response provides the opportunity for Jesus to explain why she must not fail to drink from this New Well of Living Spring.
We all go down to some well, we are always returning to the same old wells. Day after day, month after month, year after year we go to the same well to drink. We arrive hoping our thirst will be quenched. We leave as thirsty as when we arrived only to return the next day. For too long we have drunk from the well that never satisfies, the well that can never satisfy.
Every soul irrespective of race or colour yearns for satisfaction that only Jesus can provide. Until you find Jesus your soul remains troubled and restless.
Today, the Samaritan woman found not just a well, but a Spring of Living Water, that will quench her thirst for all eternity. It is the well of Jesus Christ. It is the well that washes us clean of our past. This is the well from which new life and new possibilities spring forth. It is the well that frees us from the patterns and habits that keep us living as thirsty people. Jesus is more interested in her future than her past. He wants to satisfy her thirst more than judge her history. Jesus knows her. He looks beyond her past and sees a woman dying of thirst; a woman thirsting to be loved, to be seen, to be accepted, to be included, to be forgiven, to be known. Her thirst will never be quenched by the external wells of life.
When She discovered within herself the interior well, she left her external water jar behind. She had now become the well in which Christ’s life flows. Beloved, how much longer will you carry your water jars? There is another Well, one that promises life, one by which we are known and loved. Come to a New Well, to the well that is Christ Himself and then drink deeply. Drink deeply until you become the one you have drunk.
MASS: VIOLET Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3.7-8.12-17; Ps 19: (R.Jn.6:68c); 1 Cor 1: 22-25; Accl. Jn 3:16; Jn 2:13-25 or Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2.6-7abc.7d.9 (R.7d,8a); Rom 5:1-2.5-8; Accl. Jn 4:42. 15; Jn 4:5-42 or Jn 4:5-15.19b.26.39a.40.42 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT. FIRST SCRUTINY OF THE ELECT.
Prayer Points:

Take the prayer of Daily Consecration to God in Section A

Pray for all souls that are yet to drink from Jesus, that they