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The good news for the day March 19, 2017

The Third Sunday of Lent (28)

Jesus came to Sychar, a village of Samaria, near the small territory Jacob had given to his beloved son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his traveling, sat down there at the well—about noon. A woman of Samaria, the despised non-Jewish culture, came to draw water. Jesus spoke to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone off into town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you—a Jew—are asking me, a Samaritan and a woman, for a drink?” (Jews avoid using anything in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the generosity of God and who it is asking 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 container and this well is deep! Where can you get this living, flowing water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and flocks?” Jesus answered her, “Everybody drinking this water will get thirsty again; whoever drinks the water I am going to provide will never get thirsty; the water I am going to give will become in a person a wellspring gushing boundless life.” The woman said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water. (John 4)

This encounter between a Jesus and this person of another, hostile culture is meaningful. Once again remember this is no history lesson, but an inspirational message; we need to approach the event with an open heart and mind. She misunderstands; so do we. We need to appreciate the signs.

Living, flowing water—is the source of all life. Jesus, though, offers the source of our Other Life to you and me, from His Cup, from the living “water” that flowed from His Side at the Crucifixion. It is Life-giving, it is Transformative; it gives re-birth. You welcome into yourself Who He is—a sign of becoming a Child of God—in generosity, self-sacrifice and freedom—The ever-fresh Aliveness you become—a child of Our Father—welcoming “Samaritans” or anyone thirsting for the Spirit Jesus embodies.

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