What do you say? Let’s go sit at Jacob’s well with Jesus and the woman of Samaria. Let’s say it is hot outside, around the noon hour, as the gospel passage described it in yesterday’s Mass. We might be thirsty as Jesus was. We hear some birds singing. The sun is shining on our shoulders.
We are now into the third week of Lent. We might need a cupful of water that will lead to a spring of water that wells up to eternal life. We can ask Jesus how to worship the Father in Spirit and truth in a way that is more faithful, more sincere and dynamic. As the Samaritan woman carried on a conversation with Jesus, maybe we could try a little more one-on-one with him during our busy day. No one was with Jesus and the woman; his disciples were off buying food. Can we find time to be alone with Jesus, even for a little while? It is so easy these days to get awfully busy!
Did you notice that the woman remarked that Jesus did not even have a bucket to use to obtain the water? However, after speaking with him, she left her bucket behind and went onto the town to spread the news about Jesus. She had a new priority. How about our priorities? Are they in right order? Can we make some adjustments? Do we share Jesus with others, even in small life matters, when we get a chance?
Jesus knew that the woman did not have a sixth husband, that the partner she had currently was not her spouse. Jesus knows all about us as well: our gifts, our talents, our shortcomings, our sins. He will help us deal with the various aspects of our lives when we ask him. Review your inventory together!
Jesus revealed to the woman that he is the Christ. He reveals himself to us in a very special way when we receive Holy Communion. Is it possible to receive him more than once during the weeks of Lent? Perhaps we remember that little prayer for when we cannot receive Him physically in the Eucharist, but want to receive a spiritual communion:
As I cannot now receive You, dear Jesus, in Holy Communion, come spiritually into
my heart and make it Thine own forever. Amen.
By spending more time in prayer with our Savior, we might be able to find a new serenity in the days leading up to Easter. Our gratitude to God can increase. Our Easter joy could be more intense!
Paint my portrait, Jesus, I’ll endeavor to sit still;
Capture, Lord, my best side, if it’s your loving will.
Paint my eyes to find you in everyone I see.
Don’t catch my nose turned upward; I need humility.
Render my lips smiling; a few laugh lines are fine:
They help to show the Spirit, the inner joy that’s mine.
Blush my cheeks, dear Jesus, a vibrant, scarlet red.
Help me to remember the saving blood you shed.
Paint my portrait, Jesus; use forgiving hues.
Create a ready likeness: make me look like you.
Painting: Woman at the Well (detail)by Carl Bloch (1834-1890). Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace, Copenhagen. Public domain.
Sharon Krause is a RENEW volunteer whose writing has appeared in several resources for small-group faith sharing. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother residing in south Florida. Over the years, she has served in many parish ministries.