March 23, 2014: Third Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation for the moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching…” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
Gospel: John 4:5-42
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“If you knew the gift of God! The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirst; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him. (2560)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
The Face of God, progressively revealed in the history of salvation, shines in its fullness in the Face of Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead. God is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; truly distinct and truly one, because God is an infinite communion of love. God’s gratuitous love for humanity is revealed, before anything else, as love springing from the Father, from whom everything draws its source; as the free communication that the Son makes of this love, giving himself anew to the Father and giving himself to mankind; as the ever new fruitfulness of divine love that the Holy Spirit pours forth into the hearts of men (cf. Rom 5:5).
By his words and deeds, and fully and definitively by his death and resurrection, Jesus reveals to humanity that God is Father and that we are all called by grace to become his children in the Spirit (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6), and therefore brothers and sisters among ourselves. It is for this reason that the Church firmly believes that “the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in her Lord and Master” (31)
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When have you journeyed to Massah and put God to the test? Is your life lived in Meribah, quarreling with God and you never get out of town? But in the testing, quarreling is Jesus there asking you a question, seeking your service, encountering you outside the community? Do you believe the Messiah, who tells us everything has come, will come again and speaks to us? Through encounters in the wellspring of life, the homeless man at the freeway exit, face parched like leather from constant exposure to the sun, who asks for a drink of water, in that encounter God is present in Spirit and truth. We will never thirst again if we see God among us in every moment of our lives. Our hearts will not harden for the Lord’s living water keeps them moist with compassion. Like Moses, at the end of his patience and in turmoil from the testing, quarreling, we must trust God and in belief be a witness to God’s wellspring of caring for His people.
As the women at the well set down her jar, like the disciples, Peter, Andrew, James and John, put down their fishing nets when called, she left to become a disciple too. In her town, she let the people know they need not thirst no more. She had baggage, a litany of husbands, was an outcast since she visited the well alone during the heat of the noon day sun, while others customarily visited the well in the cool of the morning. Yet her discipleship in her town brought many more to believe Jesus was truly the savior of the world. Don’t let your struggles and baggage make you feel unworthy to be a disciple, but let the kernel of belief, nourished by living waters let you see the face of Jesus in others, especially those tired from the journey of life, sitting beside the well thinking only stagnant, brackish water lingers in the cistern. Be a disciple to them, not by preaching, but by caring. Listen to the questions Jesus asks you to prompt you on your journey and in reply sing joyful praise to let your life be an offering of thanksgiving.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Psalm 95, a Psalm of praise is regularly used to open the Liturgy of the Hours. Visit the website: http://divineoffice.org/ Read the invitatory Psalm, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer for a week.
Family Reflection: John 4:5-42
April is National Volunteer month. How does your family volunteer together? How can your family be a disciple about volunteering during the month of April?
Thank you Lord for the many ways you over fill our cup with living water. Excuse our sins when we quarrel and test you. May we always be your disciples to live in Spirit and truth. Help us to see beyond the baggage in our lives and the lives of others, for we know you come for all people. Provide us with the food to do God’s will and may our lives of service be a proclamation of joyful praise and thanksgiving.
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By Barb Born March 8, 2014. The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern