Scripture Reflections for the Third Sunday of Lent

Year A, Lectionary 28

God is so mighty that God can make water flow from what we hold no value: a rock or an outsider like the Samaritan woman at the well. This water which God offers is Spirit and once we become a conduit it can flow from us and reach others so that they too can come and have life in God.

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Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

“So baptism isn't just an act of forgiveness, it isn't just an act of cleansing, it's also an act of infusion. At our baptism God infuses his divine life into us. He gives us the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit and he pours into our hearts the gift of his love as well as the gift of faith and the gift of hope.”

"Faith, Hope, and Love" | Brant Pitre | March 11, 2020
John 4:5-42
St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | March 3, 2024

“The joy of finding Jesus automatically turns you into a missionary. The Samaritan woman immediately left her water jar, run into the city and began inviting come have their share of the savior. Such was the mission of Jesus that humanity might be reconciled with divinity, that Heaven might be wedded to Earth.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | March 6, 2023

“Where the world makes us invisible we are made visible again in Christ. This is the faith we are initiated into at the well of baptism...We are called to lead others out of a place of invisibility and into the light.”

Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley | March 12, 2023

“When the Apostles saw the Samaritans what do they see? A bunch of unclean, half Israelite, half pagans who they don't like and who don't like them...when Jesus looks at the town of the Samaritans what does he see? He sees a field of souls, ripe and white and ready for the harvest.”

"The Samaritan Woman" | Brant Pitre | March 4, 2020

“The whole thing is a wedding between Christ and his bride, the church, and then each individual member of the church is becoming part of the bride through the living water of baptism. And that's what Jesus is promising to give to this woman at the well.”

"The Woman at Well" | Brant Pitre | April 17, 2020

“How do you and I experience the salvation that she experienced? It's by taking our own story to Christ.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | March 12, 2023

“And throughout his life and ministry Jesus broke all kinds of social boundaries. The things that we do to erect walls have no place in the eyes of God. Walls are man-made. God does not believe in walls, God believes in bridges and God gave us the best bridge in Jesus.”

"Social Distancing" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | March 15, 2020

“in going out and encountering the other we can have those moments where that person, that person who we might never have seen before and that person who we might never have listened to before, in fact is showing us the way to living water. Showing us the gift of eternal life.”

Jennifer Delvaux | February 17, 2020

“church is more than a song, a sermon or a welcome and doughnuts afterwards. No, church is about the body of Christ, seekers, true believers who worship God in Spirit and truth and then go forth on a mission.”

Monsignor Raymond East | March 12, 2023

“Jesus presents a new possibility, true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth. Indeed such worshipers don't seek God, God seeks them.”

Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP | March 19, 2017

“When we think about our faith, in our journey of faith are we careful or are we careless?”

"Careful or careless?" | Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen | March 20, 2022

“There are no walls, barriers or fences in the mind of God”

"Build bridges, not walls" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | March 24, 2019
Overall Readings

“Moses in the desert satisfied a physical thirst but Jesus in this new and greater exodus has come to satisfy a deeper thirst. And whoever drinks the water that he offers will never be thirsty again.”

"Living Water" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | March 5, 2023

“May we always thirst for Jesus. May we always turn to him and say 'give me Jesus' and fill my heart, my soul, my whole being. And when you experience it don't keep it to yourself. Like the Samaritan woman did, share it with all whom you come in contact.”

Monsignor Federico Britto | March 12, 2023

“The point I'm getting is God provides, God gives life and in simply touching things it can exponentially provide life. Not just to that one object, not just to one person but from that can come abundant life. God is so gracious and powerful and gifting that it just abounds and it just, you know, flows.”

GatherClip | "How to better understand the Samaritan Woman at the well (Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent)" | Alex | March 14, 2023

“sometimes when we encounter Jesus the first thing we need Jesus to do is recognize us for who we are. Recognize us for our strength...but for our weaknesses too. Cuz once he recognizes the true person...then he can nourish us on levels like never before.”

Fr. Tony Ricard | March 12, 2023

“Jesus offers eternal life and Jesus offers us a witness to our lives”

Fr. Eric Immel, SJ | March 12, 2023