3rd Sunday of Lent
Originally delivered on March 14, 1993
Readings: Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42
In today’s Gospel we are reminded that water is indeed vital to life. In the first reading, the people who are angry at God are not a people who had never benefitted from the goodness of God and yet they complained. In the Gospel story we hear of the water that lasts forever and yet the Samaritan woman does not fully understand Jesus’s words. In the second reading, we hear Paul remind of us of God’s love for us because Christ died for us. Jesus died and we are redeemed. That is our reality and yet, our challenge is to believe that we are already saved.