3RD SUNDAY OF LENT
Alyse Spiehler, C '17
"Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms."
Let us rejoice in our Lord! The readings for today show reasons for rejoicing in God's marvelous deeds. In the reading from Exodus (17:3-7), God saves Moses and miraculously provides the much needed water for His people living in the desert. Again, in the Gospel from John (4: 5-42), Jesus gives hope to an otherwise hopeless woman. She was an outcast in society, a sinner. Jesus knew these things and spoke to her all the same. He revealed to her the good news of the Gospel: that He was here to save, to bring water which wells up to eternal life (Jn 4: 14).
There are so, so many times when I feel that I am beyond God's reach. Even though I "know" He is merciful and mighty, it seems too good to be true, or too good to believe. The readings from Exodus and John remind me that no one, not a woman in great sin, or even an entire tribe of thirsty people in the desert, can escape God's plentiful love and amazing gifts! Our God is love. His love is boundless. Like the Samaritan woman at the well, Christ seeks us and reminds us of His fidelity. How can I not rejoice in Him? How can I not, like the woman at the well, go out and proclaim His great deeds for me? The good news of Christ is for everyone and it is especially needed by those in dire situations; for those people, and for all of us, the help of the Lord is more precious than running water. Our God does not fail to pour His gifts upon me, upon us. Rejoice!
Lord, help me to rejoice in You always, especially when times are difficult. Amen.
Ex 17: 3-7, Ps 95: 1-2, 6-9, Rom 5: 1-2, 5-8; Jn 4: 5-42