Third Sunday of Lent


Lenten Meditation  -  The Woman at the Well

In the story of the woman at the well, Jesus broke through the barriers of prejudice, hostility, and tradition to bring the good news of peace and reconciliation to Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles alike. He demonstrated the universality of the gospel both in word and deed. No one is barred from the love of God and the good news of salvation. There is only one thing that can keep us from God and his redeeming love – our stubborn pride and willful rebellion.

What is the point of Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman about water?  The kind of water which Jesus spoke about was living, running, fresh, pure water. Fresh water from a cool running stream was always preferred to the still water one might find in a pool or reservoir. When the Israelites complained about lack of water in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to strike the rock and a stream of fresh living water gushed out (Exodus 17:6 ). Even though the Israelites did not trust God to care for them in the wilderness, God, nonetheless gave them abundant water and provision through the intercession of his servant Moses.

The image of "living water" is used throughout the scriptures as a symbol of God’s wisdom, a wisdom that imparts life and blessing to all who receive it. “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life” (Proverbs 13:14).  "Living water" was also a symbol for the Jews in their thirst of the soul for God. The water which Jesus spoke of symbolized the Holy Spirit and his work of recreating us in God’s image and sustaining in us the new life which comes from God. The life which the Holy Spirit produces in us makes us a "new creation" in Jesus Christ.

CONFIRMATION MEETING AND REGISTRATION

The Confirmation meeting and registration will take place on Monday March 26 at 7:30 pm. Our gathering will focus on an overview of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We would like parents/guardians and students to attend. The donation we are asking for this year is $50.00 to cover the cost of the student resources, the retreat and the gown rental.
**Please note that we require a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate at registration**

Mass and Stations of the Cross during Lent
Every Friday evening at 7 pm


I wish you all continued blessings in Lent!

Fr. Phil