First Reading Exodus 17:3-7;
Second Reading Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8;
Gospel John 2:5-48
The scripture for today talks about the importance of water, acceptance and forgiveness.
In today’s First Reading and in the Gospel water is a need but becomes so much more. When the Israelites arrive at Rephidim, they find there is no water. They complain to Moses that they will perish without water and again on this journey they express that they are sorry they left Jerusalem. Not to complain would have been an opportunity to express their faith in God whose goodness they had experienced over and over again on this passage. Once again God responded to their complaint. Moses struck the rock with his staff and water flowed generously. Are we faced with situations that give us an opportunity to express faith in God?
In the Gospel Jesus is sitting near Jacob’s well when a Samaritan woman comes along to get water. Jesus asks her to “Give him a drink”. She was shocked for Jews did not speak to Samaritans. She was shocked again when Jesus knew of her several marriages. Jesus tells her that he is the living water and slowly she begins to understand who Jesus really is. In addressing Jesus, she moves from “Sir” to “prophet” to “Messiah”. She leaves her water jar and goes to her village to tell the others about this man who gives living water. They believe her and return with her to listen to Jesus. They ask him to stay with them and even though they are Samaritans he does not hesitate. Jesus responds to people as he encounters them and shows no prejudice or judgments. Are we open to hearing the voice of God when we encounter others? Do we think like Jesus or do we bend Jesus’ hard teachings to make discipleship more comfortable for ourselves?
Reflection: Being a Christian isn’t just following the commandments, but means being in Christ, thinking like him, acting like him, loving like him; it means letting him take possession of our lives and change them, transform them, free them from the darkness of evil and sin. Pope Francis
Marge Wissman, OSF