Third Sunday of Lent (A)
A spring of water welling up to eternal life
The Word This Week
The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well, the theme is water - which gives life, which cleanses, which is so necessary. This reading forms part of the catechesis given before Baptism at Easter: the candidates who would go into the water are invited to reflect on what that means. But more necessary than the water which gives life is the water which gives eternal life - the water of baptism, the water flowing from Jesus side on the cross. Even if your Church does not have any candidates preparing for Baptism, we will all renew our baptismal promises at Easter: we should take this opportunity to reflect on what baptism has given us, and what God has done for us in this gift.
Notes for Readers
Again you are telling a story perhaps the simplest form of scripture reading in Church. You still have to be clear and confident, and do your best to engage the interest of the congregation. The first word of the reading should convey the desperation of the people: Tormented by thirst... There is a wonderful drama in the words of the people, of Moses and of the Lord: make the fullest use of it - not by overacting, but by allowing the meaning to come through your tone, pitch and speed of voice as well as through the words. Realise that the key word is water; emphasise it on the occasion it appears. This reading is important because it gives the congregation a context in which to hear the Gospel that follows.
Sunday Mass Sheet
This is a two-sided A4 Mass Sheet, which when folded lengthways will give you a thin booklet. Please feel free to download this pdf file and print it out for Parish use.