Third Sunday of Lent
March 27, 2011
Read Sunday’s Gospel, John 4:5-42.
Gospel SummaryJesus approached a Samaritan woman at
Jacob’s well and asked her for a drink of water.
This surprised the woman for several reasons. In the first place, it was
unlikely that a man
would ask a woman for anything and even more unbelievable that Jesus, a Jew,
ask something of a Samaritan, a great enemy of the Jewish people. Jesus
explained to her
that our thirst would return if we drank water from the well; but if we drank
Jesus offered us, we would never thirst again. After Jesus told her many things
herself, she came to believe that he was the Son of God and called others to
Reflection for FamiliesJesus offers us living water just as
he did the woman at the well. It is the water of
salvation so when we stumble, we know that Jesus refreshes us with forgiveness.
helpful to remember on days when we are disappointed by our anger, impatience,
Bringing the Gospel into Your FamilyWhen you go to mass this weekend, be
sure to invite the whole family to bless
themselves at the baptismal font. On the way home, share your ideas about
and the how the holy water of the font is living water for each person. Invite
member of the family to offer a way in which they can refresh someone at school,
work, or in the neighborhood by being “living water” for that person.