The Third Sunday of Lent

Gospel Jn 4:5-42

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—

Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her,
“Go call your husband and come back.”
The woman answered and said to him,
“I do not have a husband.”
Jesus answered her,
“You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
For you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one speaking with you.”

At that moment his disciples returned,
and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
but still no one said, “What are you looking for?”
or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar
and went into the town and said to the people,
“Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?”
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them,
“I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
So the disciples said to one another,
“Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
and to finish his work.
Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’?
I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving payment
and gathering crops for eternal life,
so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for;
others have done the work,
and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him
because of the word of the woman who testified,
“He told me everything I have done.”
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

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50 Responses to The Third Sunday of Lent

  1. roddrepub says:

    Thank you Jesus!

    Liked by 12 people

    • RebelWarrior says:

      Thank you Jesus. I am 74 and being laid off, I had a PET on Friday because of a spot on my lung, my kidney is full of stones and I am praying for HIS WILL to be my Will but I can’t seem to find the peace that I am seeking, have been so depressed and crying all weekend, then I found all of these wonderful men and women of faith. I will continue to pray and read your words of wisdom, I am looking for comfort that I am not finding from my husband or kids, because they don’t understand my need for my Lord to fill my spirit with peace. Praise be to God to everyone on this blog that I found today, I feel closer than before and as a Christian since 9 years of age , I had never felt so alone. Thank you everyone for helping me through this time of deep and desperate need and helping to not be alone.

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      • Patrice says:

        Praying for you right now. You are only feeling alone by humans, but God is always with you in your trying times. He is coming soon…a little while longer and He will wipe all the tears from our eyes.


  2. inrecordtimes says:

    While I was reading this, I was listening to “Be Thou My Vision” played on the violin by Jaime Jorge! It was fitting and made this event live again!

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Curt says:

    Thank you for this very good passage…..

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Dr. Buzz says:

    He came to deliver everyone who proclaims him Lord, and puts their trust in him. He has saved us from sin and curse of death. If you are not saved, or are not sure of your eternal salvation, just pray with me now.
    Lord Jesus, I proclaim you Lord and Savior. Cleanse me from my sin and all unrightousness. I put my hope in you and the salvation you give. I receive that gift now, and my name is henceforth written in the Lambs Book of LIfe.
    If you prayed that prayer with me, your next step is to find a group of believers and let them teach you how to be a follower.
    Congrats, and welcome to the family of love.

    Liked by 16 people

  5. Tim says:

    John Chapter 4 Jesus and the woman at the well

    Liked by 7 people

  6. Patrick Healy says:

    Thank you Menagerie, this is a good reversal for mass this morning.
    God bless and keep you, Sundance, and all Tree dwellers safe.

    Liked by 9 people

  7. Patrick Healy says:

    Rehersal rehersal !

    Liked by 3 people

  8. frankmystery says:

    Praise Jesus our Lord and Savior! His time cannot come soon enough in this wicked world.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. pyrthroes says:

    Where there’s Life, there’s Hope. Lord bless us, every one.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Kitty Myers says:

    People in our area are depleting grocery shelves within hours, and the schools throughout the state (NY) will be closed as of the 18th, but thank God our 5 o’clock Mass yesterday was still well attended. We haven’t had wine at communion this year (at first due to flu), and we don’t shake hands, and the holy water font at the entrance is empty. But they’re still coming to Mass.

    Liked by 8 people

    • FofBW says:

      Same at our 4:30 Mass yesterday here in So. Cal. is a great place to see the daily Mass as well if not able to attend.

      Jesus, we trust in you!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Frankie says:

      We had a good attendance for Saturday evening Mass despite the snow here in Ohio.

      Menagerie, many thanks for your efforts.

      Note Christ once again chooses someone low on the social totem pole (a soiled dove, this Samaritan woman) to show His grace and love of mankind … one person at a time. And she was so overwhelmed she shared — she brought the people of her town to Him. And they believed despite their religious differences with Jesus and his Apostles. And somewhat rudely, some of the people demeaned her after she brought them to Him …. a lot of ingratitude even among believers.

      It is what it is.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Menagerie says:

        Yes, I am sure some of them demeaned her, but I think the reason this part might have been included is deeper. She did her part, she became a disciple, she carried the words of the Lord to her people. Then, God’s grace took effect, and her efforts were rewarded by true belief on the part of those she shared with.

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    • slowcobra says:

      The Archdiocese of Detroit cancelled all Masses until Holy Week. Even though the fonts are empty and we fist bump, they still cancelled .
      Thank you Menagerie for these Lenten posts. Now more than ever they are appreciated.

      Liked by 4 people

      • MTeresa says:

        The Diocese of San Diego cancelled all Masses “indefinitely.” We are to keep updated on our parish website.

        Father encouraged us this morning to still come to the Church. We can give one hour to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on the alter. But we won’t be able to receive. So frustrating…………..


  11. cbjoasurf says:

    For them that believe there is life everlasting, God shows us the way, God Bless & Protect. We are ALL Gods children.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. Conservative_302 says:

    Wouldn’t that be great to see the second coming of Christ? He probably be treated as Jesus by many, but believers would follow. I believe Billy Graham was more than just a man God put on this earth.


    • Pale rider says:

      If you put some deep thought into Jesus setting foot on this earth ‘as the Son of God’ and ‘messiah’ AGAIN. Just that one event, not all that is promised before and after that event, it will be terrifying to most people.
      I mean that reason is exactly why they crucified him the first time. But this time he comes as the lion not the lamb.
      His presence alone will bring people to their knees in fear or worship.
      On the positive side, it will be glorious beyond anything most of us have experienced. The source of all good and perfect, the love and acceptance, warmth, relief, joy.
      I’m sure so much will change in an instant, it would have to. “Just to touch his garment”.

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  13. prtomr says:

    This is the word of the Lord. Blessed be the Word of the Lord. My prayer today is that there be a hunger among the people of America for the Word of the Lord, that they hear it, read it, understand it and that their appetite for it becomes an all-consuming fire.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. TradeBait says:

    Chills and tears for what my Lord has done for us all for all eternity. Please take time to truly unpack all of the beauty, freedom and truth that is in this passage. Thank you, Menagerie!

    Liked by 3 people

  15. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible, of how Jesus personally engages us and saves us

    Liked by 5 people

  16. Psycho Monkee says:

    Enlightening Gospel. Note the progression of her belief: Jew, Sir, Prophet…Messiah. Our faith journey is a progression of recognition and belief. Lord Jesus, deepen our faith, help us to show mercy and Bless our Beloved Country! ❤️🇺🇸❤️

    Liked by 4 people

    • Patricia Thompson says:

      Beautiful observation! As many times as I have read the gospels, I never noticed that. PS, I love the illustration here. That woman truly does LOOK to be “rode hard and put away wet,” as a series of men had lived with her without giving her the dignity of marriage.


  17. Jesus is my hero! He was seen in the OT as The Angle Of The LORD, he is seen in the Gospels as The Lamb Of God who takes away the sin of the world, and in time He will be seen as The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. 4EDouglas says:

    My cousin who is Catholic.Has had communion delivered to her by her parish. Me I’m a
    Baptist, and My church has been a great comfort, too we are all part of the body of Christ.
    Note; I’m housebound due to a big wind/snowstorm yet I’m being helped. My wife is in a care facility for her stroke-she is ok, and aware if the fact Corona virus is causing my visiting to be very very limited. My cousin is going into surgery on St.Patrick’s day for her back- I’d like prayers for all this.. Thank you, all .

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Tom Hansen says:

    If you think about it, the Bible, the Word of the Lord, when you boil it down to the lowest common denominator, His message is about justice; you reap what you sow, as simple as that!

    Everything you do in life has consequences for your actions and words. If you believe in Him, you will be rewarded with eternal life, if you do not believe, then there is no reward.

    If you put in the hard work and effort, you will have much greater success in life, like getting that degree in a meaningful profession, compared to dropping out of high school, as an example.

    Or you can follow the law throughout your life, or engage in lawlessness. He has given us free will to choose. In other words justice, you reap what you sow.

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    • TMonroe says:

      If we reaped what we sowed, we’d all be under condemnation, “for the wages of sin is death” per Romans 6:23. Thankfully, the verse continues: “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

      Ephesians 2:8-10 puts works in good perspective:
      “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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  20. T2020 says:

    Awesome biblical passage! Messiah has come and His name is Jesus.✡️✝️💟

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Sugarhillhardrock says:

    As requested, 4E, prayers gladly given.
    May your bride regain her vitality, may your cousin be healed, and may you find comfort as you provide for and love others.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. John Ronning says:

    To get “full value” from this account in John 4, need to consider it in light of the Old Testament scenes of a man meeting a woman at a well, as well as the Old Testament depiction of the Lord’s people as his bride.


  23. John Ronning says:

    (1) There are several clear points of contact with Genesis 24, Abraham’s servant going back to his homeland to get a wife for Isaac (e.g. the beginning of the conversation by asking for a drink, the stranger refusing to eat, staying two days). (2) Likewise with Jacob (Genesis 29) leaving his father’s house, going back to same place, meets Rachel at a well. The Palestinian Targums add a legend that when Jacob lifted the stone from the mouth of the well, water surged up and overflowed for 20 years – Jesus said whoever drinks the water he gives, it will overflow to eternal life. (3) Moses (Exodus 2) flees Egypt to Midian, where he “saves” and “delivers” his future bride Zipporah . . . at a well. Episode (1) is in keeping with Jesus as servant, sent on a mission. Episode (2) pertains to the two-fold mission that Jacob had when he left his father’s house (a) save his life; (b) get a wife; Jesus also has a two-fold mission when he leaves the Father’s house; (a) save our (eternal) life; (b) gain his bride, the church; except these two missions are two ways of saying the same thing. Episode (3) describes prospective bridegroom Moses taking the same action that God will take on behalf of Israel in taking them out of Egypt. When Josephus narrates this episode, he adds some things not in Exodus, but are also in John 4, namely, that the time of day was noon, and that Moses was weary from his journey. (4) There is a fourth scene, when God meets Israel at a well, Exodus 17, and miraculously provides water. This too pertains to Jesus in his deity. Finally, all of this suggests that the Samaritan woman does not simply represent the worst of sinners, she represents the church ion general, the bride of Christ. Like her, we come from a bad background (Adam’s race). Like her, we’ve been unfaithful multiple times (in the OT, idolatry is often described as analogous to sexual immorality). Isaac lied to save his life and exposed his virtuous wife to defilement (“I thought, ‘Lest I die on account of her’”); Jesus came to die for her (us), his most undesirable bride. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “This mystery is great; I speak with reference to Christ and the church.”


  24. TheAbidingDude says:

    Last night, our pastor read the Bishop’s letter to the diocese, announcing suspension of public Mass until further notice effective Monday.

    It feels like the Triduum has come early–and we don’t know when the Easter Dawn will break forth. Just as His Disciples didn’t know.


  25. In this story, I always have felt that “here we see Jesus at his best.” And, as sometimes I read through the Gospels and suspect that I might be reading “a few edits” here and there, this scene feels like the purest stuff. He lets nothing as craven as cultural differences, differences of historical interpretation or plain bigotry to stand in the way of his simple mission to reach ordinary people where they are. He drops mere stones into the waters of life, and mighty tidal waves peal out from them, covering all the globe.

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  26. paper doll says:

    “I have food to eat of which you do not know. “


  27. Party Puppy says:

    Thank you for this passage. Thank God for his bold children. Above all, thank the Father for His only begotten Son Jesus the Christ.


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