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March 21, 2017
The gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent has a great story about the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. The unusual element in the story as presented by John, shows Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman. This was not an acceptable behavior for the religious Jew. The Samaritans were religious outcasts and interaction with them was religiously prohibited. The Samaritan people were the descendants of those Jews who intermarried with the pagan gentiles during the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish community.
When the disciples of Jesus returned, they were amazed that Jesus was not following the cultural, social and religious conventions of his day.
In reaching out through this encounter with the Samaritan woman, Jesus brought her to faith. He accomplished this by going beyond the preconceived notions of his day. However, Jesus was fulfilling the mission given to him to evangelize people with the good news of the gospel.
The church and we as well have been empowered by discipleship to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to people of our generation. In following the example set by Jesus Christ, we need to be flexible in our evangelistic outreach. By allowing Jesus to use us as his instruments, we can inspire people who do not believe as we do to accomplish good things.
In carrying out the challenge to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church needs to be flexible in its ministry and follow the example of Christ. Our Holy Father Pope Francis recently announced that he will be going to Egypt to dialogue with the Christian and Muslim leaders of that country. He is following the example set by Jesus in acknowledging the goodness that exists in many people who are not in our church. The work of reconciliation among people of goodwill who are separated from each other is fulfilling the gospel of Jesus Christ. Reconciliation is the theme often expressed in the liturgy during the Lenten season. One of the challenges of Lent for us is to work to bring about reconciliation with those people in our families and among our friends who are estranged. Reconciliation in our communities and our country at this time is needed more than ever. Praying for this endeavor and doing what we can to bring this about is a fine Lenten goal.