THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, First Scrutiny of the Elect
First Reading: Exodus 17: 3-7
Find Your Jordan!
7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
The Israelites had begun to argue with Moses about why he brought them out of Egypt. Yet God provides water for them, from the rock! God doesn’t need to prove his presence, yet they put God to the test. This is a satanic trait. Remember, he loves to tempt us and even tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness!
There may be times that we face certain difficulties and begin to question God like: why he allowed us to reach that point. But there is a lesson we need to learn through that situation. We are God’s Children and will have to face temptation. Instead of complaining, let us wash, and be renewed; as we heal in this period granted to us.
In our Massah and Meribah, let us find Our Jordan! Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95: 1-2, 6-7, 8-9
7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Let us always remember to praise God, no matter how difficult it might seem in that moment!
Second Reading: Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8
8 God proved his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
May we not put God to the test!
Gospel: John 4: 5-42
Rejoice – The time is now!
35 Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
The time is now!
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
The Samaritan woman kept wondering about ”how”, Jesus was to provide the living water. But Jesus patiently and compassionately responds to all her queries. Why? Because he knew her heart! She didn’t test him! Later, the people themselves acknowledge and accept Christ. It showed all of their willingness of heart.
Let not our hearts grumble, let us Rejoice at His Coming. Amen!