Sunday, March 27, 2011

See the big picture

The first 2 weeks of Lent tell the same story, no matter which cycle of reading we're in:

Week 1 = temptations
Week 2 = transfiguration

But in the 3rd week, the cycles break off from each other. This week we heard the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman who meet at Jacob's well. It's a great conversation between Our Lord and the Samaritan woman, but it's been a long day and I'm sure most of you reading this heard something about the conversation.

More than the parts, look at the whole. The woman has a conversation with Jesus. He speaks, she listens. She speaks, He listens. He questions, she responds. She speaks, He answers. He knows everything about her. She goes from calling him "a Jew" to "the Messiah" (meaning she has grown to know Him better). We should envy her, wish we were her, desire to imitate her.

We certainly can do so. Lent is about almsgiving, fasting, and PRAYER. Who better to put in front of us than someone who converses with the Lord? Who better to learn from and imitate.

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