3rd Sunday in Lent A
3rd Sunday in Lent A
The woman at the well is a long story but this probably helps us see how the relationship between Jesus and the woman develops. Like most relationships it starts off on a superficial level, even a hostile one on her part. Why is this foreigner, and a man at that, addressing her at all?
When Jesus begins to make her promises of living water, she wants some so that she won’t have to keep coming back to the well. Such a trip would have been difficult for her, a woman of ill-repute. She always came later – 12 o’ clock midday was late for fetching water – because then no other women would be there. To add to her difficulty, Jesus now mentions her relationships with men!
At this she does what many of us do when put in an awkward position, she changes the subject! She mentions her ancestors. From here the conversation begins to get deeper and Jesus reveals Himself to her as the Messiah. Things change as the disciples return and she rushes off to tell everyone who Jesus is.
What a journey! Jesus carefully leads her. He sees something in her that makes Him want to reveal Himself to her. We may marvel at this but, in fact, He hasdone, and continues to do the same, for us. Jesus shows Himself to us in the scriptures, in the sacraments and in those we meet every day. How wonderful and privileged is that!
We notice in the reading that Jesus makes the first move – even if He may be rejected. Jesus knows the woman is searching for happiness. Jesus reveals Himself to her – He trusts her with His true identity. Jesus is the same with us – He has made the first move by revealing Himself to us – He wants us to know Him. He gently draws us out of ourselves and helps us to see the right path.
As for telling everyone about Jesus, as the woman does, how good are we at that? How do we share our faith with others? This week’s Gospel is a long reading and there is a lot in it. It would be good to spend a little extra time this week reflecting on the whole story.
Sr. Margaret Mattison