Meditation on the Readings for the Third Sunday of Lent.
In today's Gospel Jesus approaches, and speaks to a Samaritan woman. At this time it would have been astounding for a Jewish man to speak freely with a Samaritan and also even more astounding for a Jewish man to speak to a woman. Understandingly the woman is initially taken aback by Jesus' actions, asking - "What? You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?" However she is a perceptive woman and she quickly enters into a dialogue with Jesus. He begins to talk about an apparent everyday action, that of drinking water, but quickly points at a deeper level of understanding. "Whoever drinks the water that I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him, welling up for eternal life." Perhaps because the woman is on the outside of society, she has an intuitive understanding of what Christ is saying to her and she is ready to respond to Him. How does Christ speak to us when we feel marginalised? Are we able to meet Christ at that deeper level of understanding? And finally, how will we respond when we have heard Christ's message?
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