3rd Sunday of Lent
A thirst could either be physical or spiritual. Often it is both, as in the case of the woman whom Jesus met at the well. Physically, she is thirsty, thirsting for water and that brings her to the well day after day. Jesus has food and water for people which they do not know (10:30). How it is that the Samaritan woman has to daily to the well to get water? Because material water cannot quench her thirst. The water of the well is the symbol of all those satisfactions and pleasures that people seek earnestly, hoping to find in them their happiness, but in the end, they are just left empty and disappointed.
Isn’t this what happens after sinning? Wine, money, a corrupt life, drugs, gambling…..they really never satisfy the heart. Such things may give temporary pleasures but never happiness. That’s why people keep repeating them because they cannot find real happiness in them. But take note that Jesus did not condemn her nor excuse her – Jesus gave her a chance—quite unlike the Scribes and the Pharisees.
By the time the woman meets Jesus she is in her sixth marriage, and yet she is able to say to Jesus “I have no husband” – indicating that she is probably looking for the seventh. . . palipat lipat ng partner.
The living water promised by Jesus is the spirit of God—the love of the Father that can truly satisfy our hearts. Whoever accepts the Spirit into his heart will truly find happiness and will not need anything else. Pay attention to curious detail in the account of John: the Samaritan woman leaves her water jug behind, she doesn’t need it any longer, she has discovered another kind of water –Jesus the source of true happiness. She runs to announce to others of her discovery and happiness.
All of us are much like the Samaritan woman. We have our dark spots in our lives. In one way or another, we have made a mess of our lives and often we hide them. God knows about them. But like the Samaritan woman, we are invited to make that journey from our sinfulness to conversion. Lent is a time for soul-searching. IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. Be humble, make a general confession and renew your commitment to God, to the family, to your neighbors and yourself.