The first of three stories from John about baptism, preparing us for the renewal of baptismal promises at Easter. Baptism is the well where we establish a relationship with Jesus as Friend, Saviour and Priest. He is a Friend to a woman who is thirsty, lonely, shattered by broken relationships, misled by religious controversy. He is Saviour to whom all sins are known, yet he longs to impart forgiveness. He is the Priest, who leads us in true worship, in spirit and in truth. He is the Truth and he has released the Spirit. True worship is glorifying the Father, through the Son in the uniting power of the Holy Spirit. Lent is a time to develop our relationship with the divine Friend, Saviour and Priest.
The torment of today is in thirst for meaning, for a reason to live, moral direction, stability, an answer to suffering, etc. The woman at the well found the answer to her thirst for understanding, her need for forgiveness, her desire for stability in relationship, her instruction in true worship. If we only appreciated all that God offers us in Jesus! And in the gift of the Spirit there is an inner fountain with eternal answers. The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP