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March 18, 2019
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Lent

Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Third Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Exodus 17:3-7

Is the Lord in our midst or not?

  • In the Exodus reading, the Israelites grumble about their experience in the desert.
  • Their thirst represents Israel’s real question, “Why did God make us leave Egypt?”
  • Yahweh responds graciously to the needs of the people.

Reading II : Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

We are at peace with God through Christ.

  • The wonder of God’s free gift of salvation in Jesus is subject of the passage from Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
  • God responds to our need with compassion and mercy.
  • God’s love is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Gospel : John 4:5-42

Whoever drinks the water I give, will never thirst again.

  • In the story of the Samaritan woman, Jesus uses water as a symbol of God’s revelation and God’s Spirit.
  • The exchange between Jesus and the woman causes conversion to take place.
  • The woman identifies Jesus several times, each time with greater understanding. First, he was a Jewish man, then a prophet, and finally she makes a comment about the Messiah.