A Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

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A Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Dominican Nuns Ireland
Published by Dominican Nuns Ireland in Reflections (Other) · 15 March 2020
Tags: LentLectioDivina
This Sunday’s Gospel, John 4:5-42, is about Jesus who made a journey to a Samaritan town (it is always He who makes first move toward us) and was waiting at the well for the arrival of the Samaritan woman. Her thirst and longing bring her towards Him, though she wasn’t aware of it.  

Recently my friend, was encouraging me with these words:

Always watch the mind, what it is thinking about, and always bring it back to Him from wherever it wanders  off.

So often our thoughts are wandering far and wide: be it judgment of others, anger or just looking for somebody or something what could satisfy our thirst.

The Samaritan woman in the Gospel experienced it too, she was trying to find her happiness (having 5 husbands and other man not yet husband), and satisfy her thirst in anything but God, and because of that her constant longing and thirst were never quenched.

When we too wander in our thoughts away from him, it is like digging cisterns which are leaking:   

“For My people have committed two crimes: they have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug water-tanks for themselves, cracked water-tanks that hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).  

Each time when we become aware of it, let us turn to Him, the fount of living water, as quickly as possible. And never forget that it is He who always takes first step towards us. Let us respond to Him eagerly and with all our hearts.

If only we knew Who it is that asking us for a drink (our attention, love)……


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