The Story of Us at the Well

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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Third Sunday of Lent

The story of the Woman at the Well is a fascinating case study of Jesus and a strong, sinful woman to whom he brings faith. Its fast dialogue and intriguing details make it unique. But we should not let this woman have the encounter to herself. I think we should place ourselves at the well, meet Jesus and deepen our faith.

The first thing he says to the Samaritan Woman is “Give me a drink.” She is shocked that a Jew would ask her a Samaritan and a woman for a drink. After all, Samaritans had nothing to do with Jews and men talking to women alone and in public went against every cultural taboo. Already, Jesus is changing the conversation. There is no barrier, cultural or otherwise that Jesus will not overcome to receive our faith. Whatever we feel would exclude us is only an…

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