Samaritan Woman

The Proposal of God — To Serve

— “We are called to serve.  In fact, we were created to serve. It’s radically counter-cultural.”  In many parishes this weekend, we will hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. On the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent, parishes have the option to read from the readings for Year A, particularly if they have people preparing […]

The Samaritan Woman and the Original Meaning of Lent

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Lent (Year A) — Exodus 17:3-7; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39. Lent’s a time of introspection.  We read Exodus, and watch the Israelites grumbling, even after the amazing things God had done for them (Ex 17:3-7).  In them, we recognize ourselves.  For many of us, […]

The Samaritan Woman and the Original Meaning of Lent

Photography © by Andy Coan

Lent’s a time of introspection.  We read Exodus, and watch the Israelites grumbling, even after the amazing things God had done for them (Ex 17:3-7).  In them, we recognize ourselves.  For many of us, then, Lent is time for the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions.  We set aside work on ourselves for forty days so we don’t end up […]

The Original Meaning of Lent

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" by Veronese

In those parishes where the Scrutinies are celebrated for the Elect, the readings on the Third Sunday of Lent will be taken from Year A. That will include the account of the Samaritan Woman at the Well in the Gospel of John (John 4:5-42). This is a special edition of our weekly reflections on the Sunday readings. – The Editors. […]