Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent
On this third Sunday of Lent, Jesus, in the Gospel of John, encounters a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well. Jesus asks her for a drink. Jews typically despise and shun Samaritans, so she is cautious. Jesus assures her that he will give her ‘living water’: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
what do you hold in your hand?
An empty water jar –
or is it filled to the brim,
heavy with all your life contains?
You depend on this jar –
as you wait your turn at the well,
shunned by the other women for who you are.
Who is this man who speaks to you with compassionate truth;
who sees through you; beyond the jar you cling to.
Only when you let go, set the jar down can you receive
Jesus, the LIVING WATER.
Only when you let go can others freely walk the path to your well.
Woman at the Well
help me to name the water jar I cling to
help me to put it down –
so that emptied, I too may receive
Sr. Francis Bisland, CPS