March 23, 2014 - 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
What was she looking for? This Samaritan Woman. She had come to the well in the heat of the day. What was she looking for?
She was looking for something because women didn’t come to the well at the middle of the day. It was too hot and dry and dusty.
Women drew water in the early morning and at night when it was cooler. What was she looking for?
The well was a meeting place. It was a place of business.
It was a happening place. So what was she looking for?
She had already had five husbands.
What was she looking for? Hmm?
Let’s assume that she didn’t have the best intentions.
That would make her like you and me wouldn’t it?
Never quite satisfied...right? Always looking for something or someone better...correct? Always wondering if the grass is greener on the other side.
There is a yearning, a longing, a desire within us. A yearning for what? A longing for what? A desire for what? What are we looking for? Hmm?
The woman encounters Jesus. Maybe he’s what she’s looking for. Maybe not.
Jesus speaks to her. He breaks through every social barrier and speaks to her. The disciples return and are shocked.
“What in the world are you doing speaking to her? Are you crazy? She’s a woman and she’s a Samaritan. You’re not supposed to be doing this. People are gonna talk.”
You know what, here’s the good news: Jesus stops at the well to speak to us, even when we don’t have the best intentions.
I think sometimes we are just like the disciples, we are shocked. What in the world is Jesus doing wasting his time speaking to me?
We can be just like the Samaritan woman at the well. As a matter of fact, I really think she represents us.
That’s why it’s important for us to understand what the Samaritan woman was looking for?
I bet she longed for peace in her painful, lonely existence. I bet we long for much the same.
She had drunk from several wells and still remained unsatisfied.If we are honest, we have probably drunk from several wells too.
We can even name some of the them:
The well of power, of prestige, of success, of money, of greed, of lust, of pleasure, of intimacy without commitment.
And still we yearn, still we long, still we desire.
These other wells cannot satisfy the thirsting human spirit. Only Jesus gives us life-giving water to drink.
God has created our yearning, our longing, our desire. And only Jesus can satisfy us. So, what are we looking for?
“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst. The water I shall give will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Can we drink from the life-giving waters Jesus offers?
The life-giving water Jesus gives refreshes and renews us so that we don’t have to keep going to the well at midday.