Reflections - March 19, 2017

“Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.  If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you ‘Give me drink’, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water”.  Jn. 4:7-10.
I was speaking with a group of young people about how they prepare for Lent and a young woman said:  “To me Lent is a time to lighten the things that separate me from God”.  Another one of these young people said:  “Lent is Jesus who comes out to search for me”.  Someone asked:  “And where does He find you?”  He answered:  “He finds me at school and work and in my miseries and in my greatnesses.  He speaks to me, welcomes me, and forgives me”.
How well this young man says:  “Jesus speaks to me, welcomes me, and forgives me”.
Today the Gospel presents us with Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman.  Many Jews who traveled from Judea to Galilee avoided passing through Samaria; however, Jesus chooses to go through Samaria.  At Noon He sits tired and thirsty next to the only well in the village to wait.  What is He waiting for?  He expects to meet a woman and ask for water.  Jesus has walked a lot of miles for this meeting because a soul is at stake.
Who is this woman?  The Samaritan woman was a girl of “joyful life”.  She wanted to be happy at the margin of God and had tried to quench her “thirst” with false gods, with the five husbands she had had and that did not fill her longing for “happiness”.  That woman discovered in Jesus, the Son of God, “the living water” that she so desired.  That man had revealed to her a mystery that so many were waiting for, “the coming of the Messiah (Christ) that would give reason for all”.  Jesus said to her:  “I am he, the one who is speaking with you”.  The Samaritan woman, an ex-sinner, is a mystery of the love of God in whom Jesus reveals His divinity.  Then the woman left the pitcher and told the people:  “Come see a man who told me everything I have done.  Could he possible be the Messiah?”
The “Good News” is announced by the lips of a repentant woman for her many sins.  In just a few hours the Samaritan woman was loved, forgiven, and sent as a messenger of the Good News of Salvation to evangelize to her own brothers and sisters.
The Lord also waits for us in the Eucharist welcoming us so that we will know “the gift of God in the living water”.  Hopefully like the Samaritan woman we will be able to leave our pitcher, our superficialities, and offer our testimony of what “Jesus, the living water” has done for us.