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the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life
Exodus 17:3-7; Psalms 95:1-2,6-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 4:14

In a beautifully-written reflection on the familiar story of the conversation at Jacob's Well between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, a popular author has written:

I'd give a thousand sunsets to see the expression on Jesus' face when he heard the Samaritan woman speak these words, "I know that Messiah -- that is, Christ -- is coming." Did His eyes water? Did He smile? Did He look up into the clouds and cast a holy wink in the direction of His Heavenly Father? Of all places to find a hungry heart -- Samaria? Of all the Samaritans to be searching for God -- a woman?

Of all the women to have an insatiable appetite for God -- a five-time divorcee? Remarkable! Of all people to be chosen to personally receive the Secret of the Ages -- an outcast among outcasts!

Jesus didn't reveal the secret to King Herod or the religious Establishment bigwigs. He didn't announce His identity and present His credentials within the Colonnades of a Roman Court. No, He revealed the Secret of the Ages in the shade of a well, in a rejected land, to an ostracized woman.-1

In today's Gospel Lesson we recall that scene. Jesus is traveling through Samaria. At midday He arrives at a village called Sychar. The sun is at its hottest, and He stands alone at a well where the villagers come for water. A woman comes to draw water and they begin to talk. Jesus is thirsty, but He has no vessel to use. So He asks the woman to give Him a drink. The woman seems startled. She reminds Jesus that she is a Samaritan and He is a Jew, and that a Jew just doesn't talk to a Samaritan. (Like the Jews, the Samaritans were "descendants of Abraham," but a wall of enmity had been built up between them. They accused each other of being unfaithful to God, and each group condemned any and all contact with members of the other group"). Nevertheless, Jesus breaks the tradition and not only speaks to the woman but also asks her for a small service.

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