March 19 - Third Sunday in Lent : Living Water

March 15th, 2017

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First Reading  Exodus 17:3-7

God tells Moses to bring forth water from the rock.

 

Responsorial Psalm   Psalm 95:1-2,6-9

Sing joyfully in the presence of the Lord.

 

Second Reading   Romans 5:1-2,5-8

Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

 

Gospel Reading John 4:5-42

  

We also have a thirst like the Samaritan woman. What is it that we are thirsting for? By our baptism we have been given the gift of faith and eternal life, but what steps do we have to take to live that life? Do we still thirst for material things, for bodily pleasures, for power or status? How can we let the waters that Jesus describes, quench that thirst in us? Jesus is the source of that water, and by going to Jesus we will find the help, the fullness, the refreshment we need. During this Lenten Season then, let us come to the well and meet Jesus there. He will give us living water, which is water that does not run out because it grows from within, and it quenches our deepest thirst – the thirst for God - “My soul thirsts for God, the living God!” And this is the Good News of today.