The Third Sunday of Lent

Readings for March 15, 2020 

Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking with you.” John 4:24-25

The Samaritan woman knows the prophecy of the coming of the Christ. Jesus affirms her, unfolding the prophecy by first revealing to her who she is: a sinner in need of healing through the waters of baptism. Then, Jesus reveals to her more than she could have imagined. In the language Jesus uses, he reveals himself to be the incarnate Word of God. “I Am” … “the One” … “speaking to you.” Jesus is not subtle with these intentioned words. The woman put forth the belief that the prophecy indicated the Messiah would be a great prophet, like Moses, and it is no coincidence that Jesus uses the words that God used in revealing Himself to Moses (Exodus 3:14). And as God reveals to us who we are, we come to know Christ. And in knowing Christ we come to know that we need God.

My Lord God, through your revelation of Christ, may I come to know how much I need You. May the mercy of the sacrifice of Your Son, our Lord, turn my heart ever towards You. You are all I need, Lord. Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen

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