Posted by: livingscripture | March 19, 2017

Third Sunday of Lent



WORD of the DAY

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;  and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. (John 4: 23)                       

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus is sitting at the well of Sicar and speaks with a woman who is a sinner and also a Samaritan, the arch enemies of the Jews.  But instead of being a bitter encounter, Jesus dialogs with her and gives her the gift of truth and the light of conversion.  All that Jesus tells her has the power to break down walls of mistaken attitudes and lets the light of liberating truth shine forth that is vivifying today, tomorrow and forever.

There is no need to get lost in futile questions of when my heart will be free suffering, today, tomorrow, in a month or in many years.  Now is the hour.  It is precisely what you and I are living.  Now is the hour in which the shackles fall of what is inauthentic, formalistic, appearances that hide emptiness.  Adoring God means recognizing the primacy of omnipotent Love in our life.

When I am aware that without Him, life is like a can of coca cola that is soon emptied, then I become a true adorer.  It is when I realize that God is Father, Mother, Spouse: the Creator and Life-giver, the All that has created me, loving me, and continuing to love me, granting me SALVATION.  To adore Him means to enter into the sanctifying itinerary of the Holy Spirit who leads me to know and serve the Truth.

Lord, help me to listen to Your Word with love and live it each day because it is Your Truth in my life.

 The voice of Pope Francis – Angelus of March 23, 2014

In this Gospel, we too find the stimulus to ‘leave our water jar’ as the Samaritan did to run into the city to tell of her extraordinary experience.  In fact, the water jar is the symbol of all that is apparently important, but that becomes valueless compared to the love of God.  Let us ask ourselves what our interior jar is that weighs on us, that distances us from God.  Let us put it all aside and listen to the voice of Jesus with our heart as He offers us the water of salvation.




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