This Sunday’s Gospel recounts the conversation that our Lord had with the Samaritan woman at the well. The conveniences which modern technologies and our plentiful natural resources afford us often begets a ‘take for granted’ attitude. There isn’t a community in Wisconsin that is more than a short distance from some body of water – a river, lake, or pond; and good water is available at the turn of a faucet in all our homes. It is hard to imagine living in a place where one must walk a mile outside of town to a well, and then carry back all the water your family would use that day. Just a few days without water and we die. It is no wonder that fresh, cool, “living” water was the very symbol of life for the ancient peoples living in the Holy Land. And it is no wonder that Jesus should identify Himself with that “living water”. No drink satisfies our bodily thirst better than pure, cool, water. And there is nothing which can quench the thirst in our soul except Christ, the “living water” who sustains our life.
Lent is a “Season of Grace”, a built-in spiritual retreat time. Our parish has a number of opportunities to enrich one’s spiritual life (see our Parish Lenten Calendar & this bulletin). I especially encourage you to renew (or continue) the habits of devotion by praying the Stations of the Cross and the Sorrowful Mother Novena. And, of course, attending Mass sometime during the week (in addition to Sunday) is a most beautiful way to make Lent a time of renewal for you. All these opportunities are not only a means for spiritual growth, but a beautiful way to prepare for Easter, too!
May God bless you!