Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Third Sunday of Lent- The woman at the well

Today we hear the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.

Jesus passed through a town in Samaria on his way back to Galilee. The disciples had gone into the town to buy food. It was almost midday and he was tired from the journey. He sat near a well to rest.

A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw up water. Jesus turned to her and asked her to give him a drink of water. She was shocked that Jesus had asked her for a drink of water because Jews and Samaritans did not even speak to one another.

Jesus looked at her and said “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

Jesus did not have anything to store the water in so the woman asked him “where can you get this living water, you don’t have anything to store this water in.”

Jesus looked at her and said, “Anyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I will give will never be thirsty again.” The woman wanted this living water.

Have you ever been lonely?

Have you ever seen a dried up or wilted plant? The plant looks almost dead. If we were to pour some water on it, notice how the plant would come back to life.

When you are feeling alone picture Jesus at your side because He is always there. The love He has for us and offers to us is like the water giving life back to the plant. His love is our living water refreshing us and giving us life. Isn’t it a good feeling being filled with his love!

Let’s thank God for His love that fills and refreshes us and gives us peace and joy.

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