3rd Sunday of Lent Year A

Published on 09 Mar 2020
Painting in realist style of Jesus and the woman at the well.

‘Listen to his voice!’

O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,

who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving

have shown us a remedy for sin,

look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,

that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,

may always be lifted up by your mercy.

This Sunday’s Gospel centres on a very personal encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus sees into the heart of her being: he understands her true longing and invites her to draw from the well of living water.

In Lent we are all invited to meet Jesus in a personal way. Jesus understands all that we truly need. So as we try to make time to pray during these weeks, we too can come to the living waters and drink from the wellspring of life that Christ pours out for all people.

In the First Reading, the Israelites, exiled in the desert, express their desperate thirst. They doubt the future that has been promised to them. The Lord provides water from a rock in the desert.

The Psalm is a collective song of praise expressing a longing for God, where we also hear the voice of God himself. It calls us to soften our hearts, to listen to his voice, and to trust in his grace. It is a reminder that God will always respond to our thirst for him.

The letter to the Romans offers encouragement to remain faithful to God’s wonderful grace that has been freely given to us. We can be hopeful because of the love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It is that same love that was shown to us through the death and resurrection of Christ. (Second Reading)

Let’s pray for each other that this Lent, we may listen and respond with open and welcoming hearts to Christ’s invitation to drink from the wellspring of his love.

The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.     Second Reading

For he is our God and we the people who belong to his pasture, the flock that is led by his hand.     Psalm

‘The water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside you, welling up to eternal life.’     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Exodus 17: 3–7; Psalm 94 (95); Romans 5: 1–2,5–8; John 4: 5–42