Sunday, February 24, 2008
Priere Du Jour - Prayer of the Day!!!!
Prayer and Devotions
by Matthew Reinhardt, Regnum Christi
Resolution: Invite someone to go to Sunday Mass today.
February 24, 2008
Third Sunday of Lent
John 4: 5-42
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!" The woman said to him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking to you." Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?" or, "Why are you speaking with her?" Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?" They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one another, "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 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 reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I have ever done." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for these moments of silent prayer. I need you to transform me, because I can do nothing without your grace. I open my heart to embrace the plan you have for me on this day. Only with your grace can I be faithful to everything you ask of me.
Petition: Lord, shock me in this prayer. Radically transform my life!
1. “Christ”: Politically Correct? On a cold December night in Iowa in 1999, the Republican Party primary debate was coming to an end. One of the final questions posed to the six candidates was, “What political philosopher or thinker do you most identify with and why?” When it came to then-Governor George W. Bush, he answered, “Christ, because he changed my heart.” After a weighty pause the moderator said, “I think the viewer would like to know more on how he’s changed your heart” to which Bush responded, “Well, if they don’t know, it’s going to be hard to explain. When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart. It changes your life. And that’s what happened to me.”
2. Shocking Transformation A change of heart and a change of life is what happened to the Samaritan woman when she unexpectedly came across Christ, who was tired out from his long journey. When they first meet, she addresses Jesus simply as “a Jew.” As her respect grows for the man sitting by the well, she begins to call him “Sir.” Jesus opens her heart to conversion, and she states, “You are a prophet.” As our Lord begins to quench her thirst for divine love, she sees in him the possibility of freedom from her broken life: “He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” Her thirst is satiated when Christ reveals himself as the Messiah, and she is totally transformed. With her heart and life now forever changed, she exclaims with the whole town, “We know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
3. An Apostle Is Born Who is Jesus Christ for me? Is he simply a historical figure who lived 2,000 years ago? Maybe Jesus is just someone to be respected for the many human achievements he accomplished during his life? Or he is a savior once loved, but now somewhat forgotten? As Catholics, Christ must be everything for us! He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world. If my vision of Christ has been fogged by routine, temptations, and the ups-and-downs of life, I need a change of heart and a change of life. Christ did this to the Samaritan woman 2,000 years ago, and he can do it to me today. Allow him to transform you in this prayer, so with him you can transform the world!
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I am amazed at the transformation of the Samaritan woman. One short conversation with you, and her broken life was restored with meaning and an important mission. You know my need for you, Lord, so I beg you to transform me today and throughout Lent, to prepare my soul for Holy Week.
Resolution: I will invite someone to go to Sunday Mass today.