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The Third Sunday of Lent - Year A

Sunday, 19 March, 2017
John 4: 5-42

The Word of God this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent, presents Jesus to us as the living water that can quench and satisfy all our deepest thirsts.

The first reading from the Book of Exodus describes the thirst of the people of God in the desert as they were being led into freedom.  They had lost faith in God’s care of them and were sorely tempted to run back into slavery.  Through Moses God gives water - as a sign of his love for them and his desire to give them life.  He would later completely fulfil this prophetic gesture, and reveal its inner meaning, through the graces of the waters of baptism which give us the purity, clarity, and life of God.

In the Gospel Jesus presents himself as the water that can give us not only biological, organic, bodily life in all its beauty and wonder, but as the living water that actually gives us a share in God’s own inner life.  With this living water - Jesus - we can drink deeply of all life’s joys, be sustained through all life’s deserts, and even taste the life of heaven in the here and now, while journeying onward - with humble and blessed assurance - towards bliss without end. 

The second reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans gives the reason for our hope in such eternal life with God.  This well-founded hope comes to us only through the power unleashed by the self-emptying sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary - a power which becomes really and truly present before us upon the holy altar of our Sunday Mass.


- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin