Sunday, March 19, 2017
It was about noon, the hottest part of the day, and a Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus breaks three Jewish customs in His exchange with the woman. First, He spoke to a woman, something forbidden to men with strange women; second, she was a Samaritan woman, a group with whom Jews did not normally mix; third, He asked her to give Him a cup of water, which would have made Him ceremonially unclean from using her cup or jar. The woman was rightfully shocked. However, Jesus told her that He could give her "living water." The water Jesus offered her would give life and quench spiritual thirst.
Although the whole situation is amazing to the wom-an, she is particularly struck by how much Jesus knows about her. She reports to her fellow Samaritans "He told me everything I ever did." The Samaritan woman was truly amazed that Jesus knew everything she had done. But perhaps as that day's events would eventually sink in, what would truly astonish her most was that in spite of that knowledge, Jesus still loved her.
Despite our many shortcomings and sins, Jesus loves us as well. Let us love Him back.
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
During Lent and beyond as we attempt to turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel, we can all use the extra spiritual protection from this short but powerful prayer. Following the final blessing at our Masses, please join in as the celebrant priest leads the congregation in praying the "St. Michael Prayer." May God bless us with His spiritual protection.
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