Third Sunday of Lent [A] March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42

In the Gospel Reading Jesus requests something to drink from the Samaritan woman. Then, He offers living water, the heavenly gift of eternal life.


The gripping encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman and the Samaritan villagers is a marvelous description of the faith journey (John 4:5-42). Initially, the Samaritan woman merely hope Jesus will provide for her material needs (vv. 5-15). Then we witness the exciting emergence of partial faith as she begins to ponder about Jesus being a prophet (vv. 16-19). Finally, she recognizes Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah (vv. 20-26).

The villagers’ own curiosities about Jesus’ true identity are stirred by the woman’s personal testimony arising from her encounter with Him (v. 39). Soon thereafter, they come to see and believe that Jesus is the Savior of the World (v. 42).

  • We can fail to hear the God’s Word when we are preoccupied by our own needs.
  • We can fail to recognize God’s Glory when we cannot see beyond ourselves because of selfishness, doubt and fear.
  • We can fail to believe Jesus is the Savior of the World – which always includes my world – when we lack humility and docility.
  • We can fail to proclaim God’s Gospel when we only know about Jesus and have not yet dared personally to encounter Him.

Today’s Gospel elicits thoughtful personal reflection. Kindly permit me to forward some questions for your thoughtful consideration

  • Where are you right now on your faith journey?
  • Where are you headed?
  • What aspects of your life are marked by a partial faith in Jesus?