Posted by: livingscripture | March 23, 2014

Third Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

                                  Romans 5:  5                                                                  


How should we live this Wordwoman_at_the_well_jekel_t[1]

The sensations that we feel as we read today’s Word of God are those of richness, of an abundance we cannot understand.  Living and vivifying water are found in the first and third readings.  Instead in the second reading, Paul speaks of the Spirit poured into every heart, like water that quenches our thirst forever, calms our anxiety in seeking and defining a hope that does not disappoint the desires of our heart now inhabited by God’s love.  How fascinating is the promise and reality that it expresses, this union of our heart with the Blessed Trinity.  It is in this space that reason and feelings meet and constitute the capacity to choose and where desire becomes action and intention is revealed in its orientation.

These are the same dynamics that we see activated in the Samaritan woman as she meets Jesus.  Jesus speaks to her, dissipates her diffidence, amazes her, and surprises her with the truth of her life without offending her.  Thus, He conquers her.  The truth does her good and takes a place in her heart, because truth now has a face and a voice, that of Jesus.

She lets that presence inhabit her soul.  She lets Jesus take possession of her heart, as a Spouse.  This new indwelling gives a new orientation to her life and to her choices.  She immediately lays down her shame that made her go out at midday when no one was around, and goes to find the people that mocked her.  She tells them what Jesus said.  They may have laughed at her, but her enthusiastic account led them to seek Jesus and they too are fascinated by Him.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will imagine this dialogue between Jesus and the woman and I will identify with her, allowing Jesus to reveal the truth of myself to me so that I may be free to bring Him to others.

Lord, help me to have a continual awareness of Your Spirit, of Your abiding love in me.  Grant that my every action may be an expression of my experience of living in You.

The voice of R. M. Rilke

Taking love seriously, suffering it, learning it as a labour, this is what is necessary for the young.  People have misunderstood the place of love in life.  They have made a game of it, a diversion.  But those who love must seek to act as though they were faced with a great task.  Remain alone often, re-enter into yourself, and concentrate.  You must work.  You must become something!

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