March 22, 2014
3rd Sunday of Lent - A
The Savior’s Gifts
Jesus is the one who asks the Samaritan woman, an outsider, for a drink.
Yet, it is Jesus who offers her three precious gifts.
First, Jesus gives the water of eternal life. We receive this gift in our baptism into his death and resurrection.
The second gift is the food that sustains Jesus himself. His food is given to us when we do the Father’s will.
The third gift is Jesus’ words of truth. It is not just the words of truth that sees into the depths of our lives and our hearts. It is the words that lead us to “worship the Father in Spirit and truth.”
And Jesus continues to reach out to us, the way he reached out to the Samaritan woman and her people, to give us these gifts – the gifts of eternal life.
Like the Samaritan outsiders, may we recognize through these gifts that “this is truly the savior of the world.”