3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A, 19th March 2017

Living Water

Continuing on my Lenten journey, I take time to pray and ponder the Scripture texts offered for this week.

In the First Reading we meet another of the leaders of the Old Testament – Moses, leading his people in the desert.  The people, losing their trust in God, complain to Moses.  God listens to Moses’ appeal and grants them water from the rock.

Psalm 94 is a direct response to this incident.  It is one of the invitatory psalms, inviting us to come into  God’s presence and pray.  We may pray that our hearts are not hardened by lack of trust.

In the Second Reading St Paul speaks of the wondrous gift that Jesus has won for us  –  the love of God that is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

The long Gospel from St John deserves to be read in its entirety.  Jesus meets a Samaritan woman, and beginning with a request for a drink of water, leads her gently to accepting him as Messiah.  We see her spreading the word immediately and bringing others to know him.

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