Prayer of the Day

Third Sunday of Lent

March 23rd, 2014
""The water that I will give will turn into a spring of water welling up into eternal life."" John 4 : 14

It’s a hot day.  Jesus is very thirsty.  The disciples have gone into the town to get some food.   In the meantime,  Jesus sits at the well hoping some kindly person will come and offer him a drink.   This is Jacob’s well.  It is in the Samaritan country.  There was no love lost between Jews and Samaritans!  Then a woman arrives.  She is on her own!  Very unusual!  She too,  like Jesus is thirsty.  She is thirsty for acceptance,  thirsty for forgiveness and like us all she is thirsting for God.   Now,  God is here beside her,  a God of love and compassion coming to help her.  He asks her for a drink.

To say she is astonished is to put it mildly.  A Jew asking a Samaritan for a drink!   A man speaking to a woman in public – a woman on her own!   The love of Jesus knows no barriers!  Being a courteous person,  she gives him a drink.  Jesus gently draws her out,  hears her life story and tells her he is the promised Messiah,  foretold by Isaiah and all the prophets centuries beforehand.   She immediately rushes back to the town to inform the citizens that the Messiah has come.   They hurry to the well to meet Jesus.  They listen to him and beg him to stay with them.  This he did for two days.

Freed of her guilt,  we can only imagine how happy the woman feels.  Jesus has changed her life.  God loves all of us and uses every opportunity to draw us to himself.   So,  nothing must ever come between us and God.  For Jesus came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly.”  (John 10 : 10)

Prayer May God's love in all its fullness find a home in us. Amen