A Contemplation on The Woman at the Well: The Third Sunday of Lent - Year A
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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From a talk given at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Omaha, NELent Parish Mission: March, 2011We talk about Lent as a time of invitation from God. What does God want to give us this Lent?We begin by looking at the story of a woman who sees how she can change her life -how she can change the patterns of her life. She leaves behind her fears and her embarrassment and begins a new life -she sees that God has an invitation for her and she says, Yes!Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.Jacob's well was there.This is the history of our faith. This is Jacob's well and he gave this land to his son -Joseph of the coat of many colors. The history, the stories we know so well, took place in this region. Now what we see is that these stories are a part of Jesus' past -and, a part of our past. But Jesus is a new part of it -a new covenant with God. We see the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament as he sits on the side of the well.Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.t was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water.Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."It was noon. The hottest part of the day. Who goes to the well at such a hot and unpleasant part of the day to draw water? Someone who does't want to see anyone else. This well was a lifeline for the people, but it was deserted at that noon. The woman was hiding from others because she was ashamed of her life.Jesus knows her shameful secret: she has had five husbands and she is hiding. But what Jewish man would break the law and speak to an unattended woman -and a Samaritan woman! What man? Jesus, who wants to offer her a relationship that will heal her. This encounter at the well is an encounter between Jesus and US today.