3rd Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
17 Mar 2017

A very human picture is painted of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. The readings today focus on water and thirst, but what exactly do water and thirst mean in the context of this gospel? It’s not just water as we know it that Jesus is talking about, but the saving love of God poured out into our hearts enabling us to find life and peace. Thirst stands for the absence of God in our lives ~ that unsatisfied longing within every human heart. St. Augustine talks about “Our hearts being restless until they find rest in God.” Since the pleasures of life fail to satisfy the thirsting human spirit, the only remedy is a relationship with Jesus who provides a mysterious type of water producing a well-spring of life within us. The Samaritan woman had a story of her unhappy life to tell Jesus and He in turn helped her to unburden her soul. Without a note of condemnation he accepted her, and coming to terms with everything she ever did wrong, she was released from her guilt. This woman’s conversion gives us great hope because in human terms a worthwhile life was beyond her. Yet her past did not hinder her from coming close to Christ. Jesus won her over by gently leading her out of herself and raising her mind and heart to higher things. At Jacob’s well Jesus, by asking for a drink of water, restored this woman’s dignity and changed her life. When we were baptized we received this saving water of life for the first time. Today Jesus asks us to have a look at how we are living out our baptism. If we are suffering from thirst his spirit is always at hand to refresh us and lead us in our search for the unending, the unchanging and the eternal.