Third Sunday Of Lent

A spring of water welling up to eternal life


The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well, the theme is water – which gives life, which cleanses, which is so necessary. This reading forms part of the catechesis given before Baptism at Easter: the candidates who would go into the water are invited to reflect on what that means. But more necessary than the water which gives life is the water which gives eternal life – the water of baptism, the water flowing from Jesus’ side on the cross. Even if your Church does not have any candidates preparing for Baptism, we will all renew our baptismal promises at Easter: we should take this opportunity to reflect on what baptism has given us, and what God has done for us in this gift.

First reading: Exodus 17:3-7.

Response: O that today you would listen to his voice: “Harden not your hearts”.

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

Gospel Reading: John 4: 5-42

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