Reflection from Fr. Taylor: March 19, 2017, 3rd Sunday of Lent

Exodus 17:3-7;   Romans 5:1-2,5-8;   John 4:5-15,19b-26,39a.40-42

In today’s gospel from John we learn how close and personal Jesus is to our own life’s stories. The story of the Woman at the Well is reassurance that no matter where we have been on our life’s journey the Lord will accept us. We do not have to be afraid to mention where we have been. In fact it is a challenge to admit our sins. Even the smallest transgressions we like to keep to ourselves, but we meet openly a woman who was not afraid, but willing to share her life with others. She was touched by the mercy of God and transformed.

One thing we have to keep in mind is that the Lord always reaches out to us before we are willing to go to Him. This is part of the human sinful condition. He is compassionate and forgiving. We know it is a burden to live with guilt and shame. But how good it feels when we can openly realize not only are we not the worse person, but that many others have had the same sins and weaknesses.

As we celebrate Mass today, Jesus is ready to fill each of us with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit. He is reaching out to us with compassion and love. Jesus said, I know where you have been, I know where you are, and I know where you are going. You are not journeying alone. This is sincerely what Lent is all about. It is a journey that we never have to walk alone on.

May you continue to have a Blessed, Holy and Peace-filled Lenten Season.


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