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Homily Connect: Mar 15

Third Sunday in Lent

EX 17:3-7 | ROM 5:1-2, 5-8 | JN 4:5-42

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Discussion Questions

  1. What was your initial reaction to the person of the Samaritan women?  Judgement? Sadness?
  2. What was your initial reaction to Jesus conversation with her?
  3. Have you ever encountered a modern-day Samaritan person? If so, was your reaction more like Jesus’ or more like the current” law-abiding” culture?
  4. Have you ever felt like the Samaritan woman? Describe?
  5. Have you ever experienced the Living Water of Jesus? Did you share it with others?

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Live Connected – Simple Ways to Keep the Message Alive During The Week

  • Put the Scripture passage in a place where it can be seen each day
  • Be aware of the areas of judgement and exclusion in your life. Try to see others through the lenses of Jesus
  • In prayer, ask Jesus to be Living Water where you need it in your life
  • In gratitude, share with others how Jesus has already pored out his thirst-quenching water over you

Attitude/Heart Change

To have a heart of inclusiveness and admit the areas in your life that need healing and cleansing

Action/Life Change

To ask Jesus for the Living Water you need and to share Jesus’ unconditional love with others searching for something or someone more.

An inspirational truth about Jesus

  • He was a man for all people.
  • He had an aversion to boundaries.
  • The only thing he ever excluded was exclusion itself.
  • He was a rule breaker.
  • He was about opening doors and building bridges.

The Samarian Woman-Can we even imagine

Her pain, her emptiness, her loneliness, her scars, her thirst?

Then

She encountered Jesus. He could not ignore this lost one in spite of the rigid laws!

Scripture Focus

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.”

The Samaritan Woman Soul Sisters by Sr. Edwina Gately: “But then, oh, wondrous moment! He does not damn but blesses me-me the woman scorned. He tells me who he is-the Christ-the one who is to come, is here! Now! With me! There is a rush like cleansing water running through me, leaving me as light as air.  I run with Living Water!  I run with Good News entrusted to me by the Christ.”

A New Woman

  • She faced her sin, was healed and set free
  • Her thirst was quenched by the love and mercy of Jesus
  • She recognized the Messiah and couldn’t contain her joy
  • She brought others to Jesus

The Truth Revealed, Again

  • This is our dear Jesus and we cannot help but be on our knees in amazement and adoration
  • He frees us from whatever is breaking our hearts and spirits
  • His love is for me and you know matter the greatness of our sins
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