A Contemplation on The Woman at the Well: The Third Sunday of Lent - Year A

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Waldron, Maureen McCann
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From a talk given at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Omaha, NE|Lent Parish Mission: March, 2011|We talk about Lent as a time of invitation from God. What does God want to give us this Lent?|We begin by looking at the story of a woman who sees how she can change her life -how she can change the patterns of her life. She leaves behind her fears and her embarrassment and begins a new life -she sees that God has an invitation for her and she says, Yes!|Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,|near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.|Jacob's well was there.|This is the history of our faith. This is Jacob's well and he gave this land to his son -Joseph of the coat of many colors. The history, the stories we know so well, took place in this region. Now what we see is that these stories are a part of Jesus' past -and, a part of our past. But Jesus is a new part of it -a new covenant with God. We see the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament as he sits on the side of the well.|Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.|t was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water.|Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."|It was noon. The hottest part of the day. Who goes to the well at such a hot and unpleasant part of the day to draw water? Someone who does't want to see anyone else. This well was a lifeline for the people, but it was deserted at that noon. The woman was hiding from others because she was ashamed of her life.|Jesus knows her shameful secret: she has had five husbands and she is hiding. But what Jewish man would break the law and speak to an unattended woman -and a Samaritan woman! What man? Jesus, who wants to offer her a relationship that will heal her. This encounter at the well is an encounter between Jesus and US today.
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