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Readings

Exodus 17:3-7

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

 

Calendar

March 17: Feast of Saint Patrick

March 19: Feast of Saint Joseph

March 20: First Day of Spring in the northern hemisphere

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22: World Water Day

March 25: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 25: Earth Hour at 8:30pm (http://bit.ly/2mGZFmQ)

Readings

Exodus 17:3-7

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

 

Calendar

March 17: Feast of Saint Patrick

March 19: Feast of Saint Joseph

March 20: First Day of Spring in the northern hemisphere

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22: World Water Day

March 25: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 25: Earth Hour at 8:30pm (http://bit.ly/2mGZFmQ)

March 25: International Day for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

March 26: 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio (written in 1967)

 

Quotes

Christ’s way of acting, the Gospel of his words and deeds, is a consistent protest against whatever offends the dignity of women.

— Saint John Paul II

Women are equally created in the image and likeness of God, equally redeemed by Christ, equally sanctified by the Holy Spirit; women are equally involved in the ongoing tragedy of sin and the mystery of grace, equally called to mission in this world, equally destined for life with God in glory.

— Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, She Who Is, 8

The Christian who takes part in the Eucharist learns to become a promoter of communion, peace and solidarity in every situation. More than ever, our troubled world, which began the new Millennium with the specter of terrorism and the tragedy of war, demands that Christians learn to experience the Eucharist as a great school of peace, forming men and women who, at various levels of responsibility in social, cultural and political life, can become promoters of dialogue and communion.

— John Paul II, Mane Nobiscum Domine, October 2004

Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.

— Pope Francis, Interview in America Magazine, 30 September 2013

I invite you to join in the fight against poverty, both material and spiritual. Together let’s build peace and bridges of friendship.

— Pope Francis, 16 February 2016

 

 

Thoughts for Your Consideration

The ministry of Jesus is inclusive.
The call of Jesus is inclusive.
Jesus invites a woman.  Jesus invites Samaritans.
Jesus breaks with the cultural expectations.
Jesus wants to invite everyone to the one community of God.

This is clearly a message that we need to hear today in light of the tendency to exclude – to exclude women in our society – to exclude people that are different than ourselves – to close our borders to immigrants and refugees – to be afraid of people who are different.

In today’s gospel story Jesus talks with a woman. It is amazing to the disciples. Jewish rabbis did not talk to women and Samaritans. However, despite all the conventions of the time, Jesus talks to her and everything is changed.  She experiences acceptance and love.  She runs off in excitement to share with the whole village. She is the first follower in John’s gospel to spread the good news.  The whole town is changed.

The Samaritan woman in some way represents all the women of the world whose gifts are not recognized, who experience oppression, and who struggle for justice.  Her encounter with Jesus is an encounter of liberation for her and then for her whole village.   We are invited to apply the gospel to the situation of all excluded women in our modern world.   God is concerned to bring together people of all genders, all ethnic groups, all ages, all levels of wealth, and all social classes.

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Both the first reading and the gospel talk about thirst.  Our world and its people thirst for water and even more thirst for justice and peace.  Christ comes to satisfy our thirst and invite us to help each other satisfy our thirst.  Christ wants us to create a human community of justice and peace.

As the readings talk about thirst, we do not want to forget the real and serious struggle for good water supplies that affects so many people throughout the world.  According to UNESCO, some 1.1 billion people do not have access to a good water supply, and some 2.4 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.  The right to water supplies can often lead to war and violence.  The issue of water is becoming more critical over the world.

 

 

Questions for Reflection in Your Faith Sharing Group

The Samaritan woman experiences liberation and freedom in her encounter with Jesus.

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What kind of thirst do you find in our heart?

What kind of peace and justice do you thirst for?

 

 

Stories

A modern day monologue version of what the woman at the well said to Jesus can be found on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2nqgToD 

 

 

Actions—Links 

Center of Concern, Global Women’s Project

Women Thrive Worldwide

OXFAM

Immigration Issues

More Lenten Resources

 

 

“Crazy Facts”

 

 

Prayers of Intercession

Response: Lord, let us not harden our hearts.  Let us be open to the freedom of Jesus.

For all those who experience exclusion from our communities, we pray….

For all those who experience exclusion from economic and social justice, we pray….

For women throughout the world who are denied equal rights, we pray….

For children, especially girls, who are denied the opportunities for an education, we pray….

For immigrants and refugees who are longing for a place where they will be safe and welcomed, we pray….

For freedom from all the stereotypes and prejudices that keep us from the freedom and life of Jesus, we pray….

For all people who thirst of justice, peace, and human rights in our world, we pray….

For all people who do not have an affordable safe supply of water, we pray….

 

 

Prayer

God, you are good.  The world is filled with your goodness.
In Jesus, we have seen your love and your desire for transformation.
In the Spirit, alive today, we know your healing love and radical, loving wisdom.
You passionately desire human happiness.

God, we’ve noticed that some people have distorted your record
and have even ruined your good reputation.

Whenever any human life is violated, your glory is dimmed and dishonored.
Whenever humans engage in the ways of violence, your spirit is hindered.
Whenever our beautiful world is abused, your presence is less visible.
Whenever the systems of our world keep the poor poor, you are hard to find.

God, we desire to restore your reputation and expose the wonder of your glory.
Wherever human beings are quickened to fuller and richer life, your glory is enhanced.
Whenever we can complete the ministry of reconciliation, your spirit comes alive.
Whenever there is a community of justice and peace, you are alive among us.

God, help us to restore your reputation and let us share your goodness with all people.

Inspired by a quote from Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, in She Who Is, 14

 

 

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Third Sunday of Lent [a]

March 19, 2017

Date Added: March 14, 2017

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