Welcome back, faithful Christian followers. Well, this week will mark the midway point of our Lenten Journey. Congratulations! Have you had some incredible successes? Have you had some sad setbacks? That’s OK… It’s all a part of the journey. By our setbacks we can grow in strength. By our successes we learn that – It CAN be done – whatever it is, however hard, because we know that Jesus is always here at our side! So we strive on…
This week we’ve heard about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at Jacob’s well. Are we thirsty? Are we thirsting for the “LIVING” water? The “spring” that wells up from the inside? It’s there for the asking.
Have we asked Jesus to help those less fortunate than we? Have we – helped? Have we asked Jesus to comfort those who lost loved ones this week? Have we – comforted? Have we asked Jesus to care for the children – the hungry, the oppressed, the neglected, the unloved, the bullied and the bully? Have we – cared? This IS the ‘living water’ that wells up within us – our Giving back the Gift. And by it we too are helped, comforted and cared for. This is why we – LENT. We take our focus off us and place it on others around us who need what we can offer – our Gift.
Even though we may be broken, we can help fix others. Just look at all the people the Samaritan woman helped by her sharing the discovery of Jesus at the well with her neighbors. First they questionably believed her. Then they went out to discover for themselves – who this person really was. Then they believed based on their own findings. Jesus is the Christ, the long awaited Messiah.
As we enter our third week of lent we reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Have we fasted? It’s been 2 and 1/2 weeks. Wow, food looks a whole lot differently now. Those left-overs don’t look so left over any more. Ohhh, those who would love to get their hands on just a few morsels of our left-overs – to relieve their starvation!
How can we sprinkle some of Jesus’ “living water” on those of our neighbors barely surviving in the desert? Maybe our coworkers, maybe our boss, maybe our kids. Jesus loves them too! Could we go as far as bringing in a box of OUR favorite donuts to work – and not eat ANY! Could we take the full 1/10 of what we earned at work this week and offer it to the St. Vincent dePaul Society for the poor? Can we stay for a few more moments with our toddlers and instead of just tucking them in bed – read a Bible story to them too!! This week – Let’s be some living water to someone close to us. And may God bless and keep us in his everlasting Love.
And A Little Bit of History:
“Jacob’s Well is still found today. Here we rest upon undisputed ground. According to Dean Stanley it is, perhaps, the only place the identity of which is beyond all question. On the 3rd of May, 1894, the artist and one of the editors reached this place about three o’clock in the afternoon . . . Here the conversation took place between Jesus and the woman of Samaria. We could look to Mount Gerizim on our left and remember the temple to which the woman pointed when she said: “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain.”
. . . The well is now seventy-five feet deep and seven feet six inches in breadth. The diameter of the opening is seventeen and a half feet. A ruined vault stands above the well twenty feet long, ten feet broad and six feet high. The pieces of broken marble you see in the front belong to some ancient church. It was here by this lonely well that Jesus told to a woman and to all the world the story of the true relationship between God and man.
(Source: Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee, p. 163.)
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