Praying Lent: The Gospels of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Weeks of Lent
Byron, Fr. William S.J.
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Text from the first page of "Praying Lent: The Gospels of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Weeks of Lent"These three gospels are used during Cycle A (2005, 2008), and are recommended at Liturgies celebrating the Scrutinies of the Rite of Christian Initiation of AdultsThe Woman at the WellThe Third Sunday of Lent - The First Scrutiny - John 4:3-42Why did the Samaritan woman come to draw water at noon, the hottest time of the day? Did she want to avoid the times the other women in town came to the well? What are the places in my life where I am embarrassed, where I avoid interaction with others? What are the noon day wells of my life?Can I imagine Jesus approaching me there?Jesus tries to reveal his thirst to her - perhaps his thirst for intimacy with her - but she puts him off. She's not worthy. It won't work. When he offers to satisfy her thirst, she puts him off. He can't satisfy what she needs, at least with this well, and without a bucket. How do I put Jesus off, with excuses, with problems, with barriers? I don't have time; I haven't done this before; my stuff's too complicated; I don't know how to find you in this mess.When he shows her that he knows her, she knows she's in the presence of someone special - perhaps the one she has thirst ed for all her life. Do I let Jesus show me that he knows and understands me?