Newsletter 23 March 2014
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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
God had a plan for the woman of Samaria (John 4:5-42). It seemed just like any other day. She was coming to the well on her own instead of with the women of the town probably because she may have felt excluded due to her sinful past. There she met Jesus and he knew everything about her, about her past and her marriages. But Jesus also had a plan for her, and that plan was to lead her to him. Instead of the water of her plans Jesus offered himself as the water to sustain. Jesus uncovered her past so that what was sinful could be healed. She came to the well bringing a water jar but she found much more than water, so she left her jar by the well and hurried back to the townspeople whom she had been avoiding to tell them that she may have found the Messiah.
Just as the Hebrews in the desert in the first reading are a warning to us, the woman of Samaria is an example to us. By sheer grace, like her, we have heard Jesus offer us living water. Jesus knows all about us, even what we do not want to face. But Jesus wants to give us a new identity in himself, to transform us. Of course this happens above all in baptism which is why the readings today are so appropriate for catechumens and the first scrutiny. But Jesus continues to hold out that offer of grace to us,
…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. (John 4:14)
Yes God does understand, yes God does have a plan. All we need is to give ourselves completely to God, to trust completely in God, to allow God be the source of all our existence.