3RD SUNDAY OF LENT – MARCH 18, 1990 – ST. PHILIP NERI
At first sight the readings we have heard today may appear not to have too much to do with one another. We have first the mysterious account of the water-producing rock in the desert, the beautiful and powerful description of basic Christian hope in St. Paul, and the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel. But, particularly during Lent, the Church follows a logic in its choice of these readings, and a closer look will reveal linkages between the readings that point towards aspects of our Christian existence which the Church wishes us especially to focus on during Lent.
Let us begin with the Gospel account. It is a narrative typical of the literary and theological genius of St. John. (more…)