In this technical era, many of us know theimportanceoftheRefresh icon.We push the Refresh and suddenly the program or page that stopped working or just stopped, appears anew.
Jesus’ conversation with this Samaritan woman broke many of the Jewish Laws. He talked in public with a woman. She was a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans did not get along with each other- different laws, different worship, and different traditions. She was a sinner, an outcast from her people. She already had five husbands and was now living, unwed, with a man. She was at the well at noon. Other women would get their water in the early morning. He broke another law – He talked to an outcast. Then, He asks to use her water and vessel to drink. He was surely now “unclean” according to the law.
But, the meanings of this Gospel are many. The woman now believes she has found the Messiah and becomes one of His evangelists as a disciple and follower, and a leader to her own people bringing more people to know Christ as the “Living Water”, the Messiah. Because He talked to a woman, an outcast, a sinner, a Samaritan, He has now included all people – Jews and Non-Jews (us) to know Him.
We all need water to survive. Water to drink to
refresh and heal our bodies, and the “Living Water” to
refresh and heal our souls. This “Living Water, Jesus
Christ, will quench your spiritual thirst. He loves us and is among us always.
How often do we encounter and recognize Jesus? It might be in the companionship of a friend, the thoughtfulness of a family member, or the helpfulness of a stranger. He is present in your daily life. Seek and you will find.
During the Lenten season, we are all called to pray, repent, and to share our time, talents and treasures. We have extended our schedule for Confession, come and become refreshed. Our Wednesdays Lenten Mission will give you some food for thought and reflection, come and be refreshed. We will have training for current and potential Lectors, Eucharist Ministers, and Eucharist Ministers to the sick, come and refresh your skills and knowledge. Bible classes are held on Tuesdays, come and refresh your love for “The Good News”.
Reflect on your own life.
What can you do to improve your life, your faith and your community?