Third Sunday of Lent
Witness to God
Read John 4:5-42. Jesus’ meeting with a Samaritan woman was not a chance encounter. From a human perspective, many factors made such a meeting unlikely to happen. First, this woman comes to the well at Noon when other women came in the morning to avoid the heat. Second, social conventions prohibited men to speak with women in public. Third, Jesus was a Jew and she was a Samaritan, who were ethnic and religious rivals. Finally, she was engaged in a lifestyle that had multiple relationships with men as its foundation rather than a relationship with God.
People in her community thought that she could not change for the better. She agreed with them. Jesus did not. Her conversation with Jesus revealed her thirst for a relationship with God. When she accepted that the revelation of Jesus would quench it, she set aside her former way of life, began to follow the way of Jesus, and invited others to do so
Jesus does not ask for perfection in order to be steadfast witnesses to Him. Jesus asks us to be perfected by accepting His teaching and putting it into practice. This will encourage others to do the same.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #2472: “The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.”