Third Sunday of Lent; God’s Inexplicable Mercy

Collect: O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy.

And today we have finally reached the Scrutinies, readings during Lent where we basically scrutinize those in the conversion process checking that they truly want to be received into the Church in Easter.

With that, today’s Gospel is the famous story of the Samaritan woman at the well. This story is one of the most important stories in the Gospel because it shows God’s mercy towards a sinner.

We see a woman at the well at noon, when it is the hottest during the day. Why? Because she is an adulteress, shunned by the community. And yet Christ, a Jew, asks her for water. Already then we see God reaching a sinner where she is at, no matter where it is. She is a Samaritan, she is a woman, she is an adulteress. There is no reason for a practicing devout Jewish man to even look at her, and yet Christ asks her for drink.

God’s mercy is open to everyone. Afterwards, Jesus reveals that he is the Son of Man, and the woman goes to the village to proclaim the Good News.

This is what happens when we are totally open to God’s will; we should be able to spread the Good News with joy and without fear.

May we all be open to God’s will, and may we all be open to the people around us, for everyone is made in the image and likeness of God.

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

Have a blessed Lent.

 

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