3rd Sunday of Lent
A MAN, A WOMAN, A WELL
Sometimes there are encounters that surprise us and radically change our lives. The Samaritan woman has experienced this kind of encounter when Jesus came to Jacob’s well to quench his thirst. First, to see a man, a Jew, at this hour chosen for her to avoid meeting the villagers, was a real surprise. Nobody comes to the well at this time. And then, second surprise, this man talks to her, a woman with a bad reputation. Not only that, but he seems to know who she is and what her life has been. He couldn’t, but he does. He talks about a living water that quenches all thirsts and that it is time to worship the Father in spirit and truth no matter where we are. That is the kind of worship that pleases the Father. And, slowly, gently something changes in her heart. Could he be the Messiah? She goes back to the village to talk about this man that gave her the thirst to know more, that have nourished her hearth and spirit, an inexhaustible springing source to share with others.
Jesus touches people at the very heart of their desire, their need to be healed. He lifts them up giving back their dignity so they can take their place in the world. They become witnesses, able to touch people and give them a tender word, a gesture of friendship and someone who looks at them with kindness.
What about us? Do we hear in our lives the good news of the Gospel? Can we recognize when Christ comes to our wells? Could we understand that he is the only one who can fill our thirsts for happiness? Are we like the Samaritan woman who, astonished by His words, ran to her village to be witness even if she was considered a bad woman?
Jesus comes to sit on the curb of the wells of our roads. Today more than ever, he is waiting for us to come and sit by his side. To be able to do that, we have to stop our crazy races towards happiness, to stop running from one event to another by stunning us with noise and action. It can be good, but if we don’t stop from time to time at the well, how can we be able to drink at the well and become, in the wake of Jesus, sources of life.
Today let us take the time to stop at the well where Jesus joins us. Let him surprise and change us.
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