FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MARCH 12, 2023
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
WORD of the DAY
Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. 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.” (John 4: 5-10)
“How shall I live this Word?
In the two verses before this, verses 3 and 4, the Evangelist tells us that Jesus “left Judea and went back to Galilee; therefore, He had to cross Samaria.” We know that the ordinary way to get to Galilee was the Jordan valley, because Samaria was a dangerous territory, due to the enmity that reigned between the Jews and the Samaritans. The latter were considered unclean by the Jews, and worshiped Jehovah on Mount Gerizim, not in Jerusalem. But here we see that Jesus reveals His will to go to Samaria on purpose; He reveals His will to enter into a relationship with these excluded people. Jesus goes to look for those who cannot go to the Temple of Jerusalem because they are excluded. Jesus stops at the well; “it was about noon”. The Evangelist brings us back to an hour that we find in the passion of Jesus in chapter 19:28, “After this, Jesus, knowing that now all was finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst’.” For John, the episode of the meeting with the Samaritan woman is the fruit of Jesus’ death on the cross. His passion for US, “give me a drink”, reveals His “thirst” which is the desire to meet us and to offer us salvation. Jesus is the living water that saves and this water is the water that comes out of His side, which gives salvation; it is God’s gift, a free gift that is received without the effort of drawing from the well. Jesus offers something new; the new relationship with God is no longer based on human effort, on human virtues, but on welcoming His love for us, on welcoming His free gift. And the heart of the Samaritan woman welcomes the gift, to the point of becoming a new creature.
I received the free gift of salvation in Baptism, Lord. Your water, O Christ, that came out of Your side, washed me and made me a new creature. You deliberately sought me, Lord; You immersed me in your Love and made me Your child. THANK YOU, FATHER!
The Voice of the Gospel – John 7: 37b-38
“Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.”
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