The concert last Monday evening, Jesus Christ Superstar, was fantastic! What talented people! Many thank to each one of them for sharing their great talent with us! Thanks to all of you who were able to come and enjoy the concert. Your support of our concerts is bringing us that much closer to our purchase of a new sound system, something that we desperately need. Many thanks to Betty Alilovic and our young people who helped Isabel and Dominic to prepare the wonderful reception afterwards!  I know that many people helped beforehand, during and after in the kitchen and the hall and I am indebted to them for their help. Last, but not least, thanks to Anthony, our 9:30am Mass music director for arranging and orchestrating the entire evening. I do appreciate everything that you all do to help make our parish a going concern.

Lenten Meditation  -  Gospel for the First Scrutiny RCIA

\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 of 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 (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I wish you all continued blessings in Lent!

Fr. Phil