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Third Sunday of Lent

March 23, 2014

JMJ

Blessed little Easter!

Entrance Antiphon:
My eyes are always on the lord, for He rescues my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor.

Collect:
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,
who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving
have shown us a remedy for sin,
look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,
that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,
may always be lifted up by Your mercy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Exodus 17:3-7 (water from the rock)
Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-9 “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts”
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 (Jesus died for us when we were His enemies)
+John 4:5-42 (the Samaritan woman at the well)

We’re thirsting
for the love of God

to be poured out
into our empty hearts
to bring us peace.

But we don’t recognize
this living water.

We don’t trust the Source.

We lower buckets
into stagnant wells
of protest
hefting rocks to throw
at any who would thwart
our drinking there.

God strikes our rocks!

He makes His waters flow
despite us
(only He would do
a thing like that!)
because He thirsts
that we might thirst
for Him.
(see Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2560,
St. Augustine, St. Gregory Nazianzen)

Am I drinking from the living waters God’s brought forth even from my protests against Him
or do I persist in trying to fill my emptiness on my own?

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