1987 March 22 – 3rd Sun Lent (Bulletin Letters)
Jn 4, 5 – 42
“IF ONLY YOU RECOGNIZED GOD’S GIFT”: The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is Saint John at his best with many levels of meaning throughout the text. We tend to miss a lot of the punch in the story because we are so distant from the historical setting in which the evangelist wrote. To the first readers of St. John’s gospel, a couple of things would immediately jump out at them; first that Jesus would talk to a Samaritan and second that he would talk to a woman, no less! It is difficult for us to appreciate the struggle the first Christians had with the racism between Jews and Gentiles. Jesus breaks through all such categories; Greek or Jew, slave or free, male or female, good or evil. Jesus loves each individual person for themselves. It is a radical love that liberates and frees the believer to love others in the same way-the Jesus Way.
The surprise in today ‘s gospel story is that once the Samaritan Woman recognizes who Jesus was she became a role model for the disciples. Once she recognized Jesus as the Messiah, she went back to the people in her village and brought them to Jesus. The gospel of John’s first evangelist was a Samaritan woman. If only our Church could recognize the gifts that women have to offer in ministry in the same way. According to John, Jesus had no trouble with women showing the Way.
- TOM GOES TO NICARAGUA: Attached to this week’s bulletin is a letter from Fr. Tom announcing his plan to join the Witness for Peace in Nicaragua from April 24 through May 9. The Witness for Peace has done a great service for peace in Central America. Their mission while in Nicaragua is to place themselves between the warring factions. Their mission when they return to the States is to tell the citizens of the USA the truth about what is going on in Nicaragua. I therefore urge your enthusiastic support for Fr. Tom in this journey. Send him a card with some words of support and a few dollars to help with the cost. Keep him in your prayers while he is away from us. On his return come listen to what he has to share.