Third Sunday of Lent Maddie Galiardo

In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?" So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? a little more and they will stone me!" The LORD answered Moses, "Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink." This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel. The place was called Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?"

Exodus 17:3-7

Brothers and sisters: Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, ' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

Gospel Excerpt

The theme of this Sunday in Lent is simply thirst. In the first scripture reading, the people are thirsty, so the Lord tells Moses to strike a rock with his staff with which he struck the river, and water will flow from it for the people to drink. In the Gospel reading, Jesus asks a Samaritan woman to give him a drink. She, however, declines because Jews have nothing in common with Samaritans.

From these readings, I further learned that Jesus had the courage to die for us because he knows that we are good.

These readings are very important. They show the importance of having faith in the Lord. If we thirst, then He will be there to quench it. If we are in need of anything, He will supply. We are never alone, because we will always have Him. He was there to guide people in the past, and He will also be here to guide us in present day.

Sources

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031917.cfm

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