Saturday 14 January 2017

3rd Sunday of lent, year ’A’ 3e deimanche du careme année ’A’

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ’Give me something to drink.’

Ex.17,3-7 Ps.94 Rm.5,1-8 Jn.4,5-42

3rd Sunday of Lent, year ’A’

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ’Give me something to drink.’ 8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ’You are a Jew. How is it that you ask me, a Samaritan, for something to drink?’ — Jews, of course, do not associate with Samaritans. 10 Jesus replied to her: If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, ’Give me something to drink,’ you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water. 11 ’You have no bucket, sir,’ she answered, ’and the well is deep: how do you get this living water? 12 Are you a greater man than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?’ 13 Jesus replied: Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again; 14 but no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life. 15 ’Sir,’ said the woman, ’give me some of that water, so that I may never be thirsty or come here again to draw water.’ 16 ’Go and call your husband,’ said Jesus to her, ’and come back here.’ 17 The woman answered, ’I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ’You are right to say, “I have no husband”; 18 for although you have had five, the one you now have is not your husband. You spoke the truth there.’ 19 ’I see you are a prophet, sir,’ said the woman. 20 ’Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, though you say that Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.’ 21 Jesus said: Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know; for salvation comes from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming — indeed is already here — when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. 25 The woman said to him, ’I know that Messiah — that is, Christ— is coming; and when he comes he will explain everything.       Jesus knows what it’s like to have days when we are weary. He said to the Samaritan woman : ’I’m thirsty’. He asks for a service which is going to give her back her strength, just a drop of freshly drawn water. Those times of true gratuity, prayer, coincide with the will of the father whose wish us to bring us comfort. The woman of Samaria was thinking of nothing but her water. She didn’t flee the encounter nor turn away from Jesus’ gaze in solitude. Perhaps this woman felt her life would be transformed, would have her heart converted, turned around completely. The weary Jesus doesn’t provoke any fear in her. He is thirsty!  ’Go and call your husband,’ said Jesus to her, ’and come back here.’ The woman answered, ’I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ’You are right to say, “I have no husband”;  for although you have had five, the one you now have is not your husband. You spoke the truth there.’  ’I see you are a prophet, sir,’ said the woman. Jesus knows what is in each one of us. He knows all about our history and the hope we carry in our fragile beings. In spite of our weariness and compromises, he has decided that nothing in the world will betray the friendship he has towards us. Still today Jesus visits us wanting to sanctify us, reminding us of our past so we can give it to him. If he sheds light on our wounds it is so we open up to path of freedom. Jesus leads us to dialogue, to a level of truth ’in this you speak true!’ Living with him is already something true, without any denials, faced with his Merciful tenderness. This woman of Samaria can let truth go down deep down in her being. She bears in her heart the suffering of the division of religions. She cries out : ’Lord, give me this water, so that I shall no longer be thirsty and come here to draw water."  328 The woman put down her water jar and hurried back to the town to tell the people, 29 ’Come and see a man who has told me everything I have done; could this be the Christ?’ 30 This brought people out of the town and they made their way towards him. 31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, ’Rabbi, do have something to eat’; 32 but he said, ’I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ 33 So the disciples said to one another, ’Has someone brought him food?’ 34 But Jesus said: My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete  Jesus comes to us today as he did tot his woman of Samaria. Before total conversion we receive from him a mission.This Mission is impossible to come about if we don’t turn around our lives. We shall move forward in a clarification of what dwells in us. The Samaritan woman said ’ come and see!’ She bears a witness and a question : ’He told me everything I have ever done!’ We come across Jesus who gives us back our trust and without any fear we respond to his friendship. And so we ought to love with his grace, witness from it This encounter illustrates quite well the Salvation brought by Jesus.This is how we find our identity and happiness once again. Jesus is nourished by this encounter which brings life : ’the disciples said amongst themselves : ’Did someone bring him something to eat?’ Jesus tells them ’My food is to the will of the one wo sent me and to see that his work is done right to the end." We ask for the grace to have the simplicity of Jesus. 27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”