Reflection of the Word of God, Sunday March 12th. Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Ex 17, 3-7; Rom 5, 1-2.5-8; Jn 4, 5-42
The Gospel presents us with the encounter of Jesus with a Samaritan woman. He is on his way with his disciples, and they stop at a well in Samaria. Jesus is tired and thirsty. A woman comes to get water and He asks her: "Give me a drink."
Jesus begins a dialogue in which he reveals to that woman the mystery of living water, that is, of the Holy Spirit. " If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
At the center of this dialogue is water. The water quenches the thirst of the body and has life. And the water as a symbol of divine grace gives eternal life. God is the source of living water. If we distance ourselves from Him, we die of thirst. Christ is the Temple where living water flows that purifies and sustains us.