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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflections for March 19

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

March 19, 2017 —Third Sunday of Lent

John 4:5-42
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

It’s usually not nice to eavesdrop, but there are exceptions, like today’s Gospel. We can listen to the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman because it’s no secret. The woman herself may have shared it with the author of this Gospel. I’m sure it was a conversation she never forgot, because it changed her life.

She could have stopped the conversation at any point, especially when her sins were brought up. But she kept talking and listening because she was unhappy with the way her life had gone. She quickly sensed that Jesus was no ordinary man. His insights into her past and present gave her hope for the future. And she wasted no time in changing her life. She had been a sinner, and became an evangelist. She spread the good news of Jesus’ wisdom and miraculous insight to the people in her village. They met Jesus and invited him to stay. The result: They said to the woman who introduced Jesus to them: “We have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the World.”

Have you ever wished that you, like the woman from Samaria, could have a heart-to-heart talk with Jesus? You can. Jesus speaks to you in the same words he spoke to the woman two thousand years ago. Just open your Bible to John 4:5-42. Jesus is truly God, and is not limited by space or time. The fact that the Bible is inspired means that Jesus says personally to you what he said to his contemporaries. Picking up the Bible is like dialing the Lord’s number. Jesus says, “Hello,” and keeps the conversation going as long as you want.

Reading the Bible takes on new meaning when we understand that Jesus is speaking directly to us and wants us to respond in prayer. So eavesdrop on the conversation in today’s Gospel. Then join in. Jesus would love to have you!

 Read last week's reflection.