Sunday, March 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 4:5-42.
Third Sunday of Lent
19 March 2017
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 4:5-42.
Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.
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.”
(The woman) said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not 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 and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus answered her, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a 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 can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people 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 the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”
At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, “What are you looking for?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people,
Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
So the disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.
Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”
Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I have done.”
When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto,
The Sunday Mass – 3rd Sunday of Lent (March 19, 2017)
Presider: Rev. Ernesto De Ciccio
Third Sunday of Lent
19 March 2017
Commentary of the day
Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Tractate 15 on the Gospel of St. John, 6-7
He gave everything for you
Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. It was about the sixth hour. Now begin the mysteries. For it is not without a purpose that Jesus is weary, nor indeed without a purpose that the strength of God is weary… It was for you that Jesus was wearied on his journey. We find Jesus to be strength and we find Jesus to be weakness; we find a strong and a weak Jesus: strong because, “in the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”… Do you wish to see how this Son of God is strong? “All things were made by him, and without him nothing was made” (Jn 1:1-2): and they were made without labor, too! Then what can be stronger than the one by whom all things were made without labor? Do you wish to know him weak? “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14).
The strength of Christ created you, the weakness of Christ recreated you. The strength of Christ caused that to be which was not, the weakness of Christ caused that which was not to perish. He fashioned us by his strength, he sought us by his weakness. As weak, then, he nourishes the weak like a hen her chickens, for he likened himself to a hen: “How often”, he said to Jerusalem, “would I have gathered your children under my wings as a hen her chickens; but you would not!” (Lk 13:34)…
Jesus was weak, wearied with his journey, in just such a manner. His journey is the flesh assumed for us. For how can he, who is present everywhere, be on a journey? He who is nowhere absent? Where is he going, from where does he come, except that he could not come to us at all unless he had assumed the form of visible flesh? Therefore, just as he deigned to come to us in such a manner that he appeared in the form of a servant by means of the flesh he assumed, so that same assumption of flesh is his journey. Thus, to be “wearied with His journey”, what else is it but to be wearied in the flesh? Jesus was weak in the flesh: neverthless don’t become weak yourself but in his weakness be strong since that which is “the weakness of God” is “stronger than men” (1Cor 1:25). Christ’s weakness is our strength.
Third Sunday of Lent
19 March 2017
Saint of the day
Bl. Marcel Callo
Blessed Marcel Callo
Marcel Callo was born on December 6, 1921, in Rennes, France, being one of nine children. He was a happy child, who was known to be a leader and a perfectionist. After completing his primary studies, he became an apprentice to a printer around age 13. He belonged to the JOC (Young Christian Worker).
On March 8, 1943, the war (World War II) had gripped their city of Rennes. That day his sister, Madeleine was killed by one of the bombs that leveled her building. When the Germans later occupied France, Marcel was ordered and deported to Zella-Mehlis, Germany to the S.T.O. (Service of Obligatory Work). If he did not comply, his family would be arrested, so he went.
Once there, he worked in a factory that produced bombs. After three months or so of missing his family and missing Mass (there was no Catholic church in that town), Marcel became seriously depressed. He later found a room where Mass was offered on Sunday. This helped change his disposition. He reported that, “Finally Christ reacted. He made me to understand that the depression was not good. I had to keep busy with my friends and then joy and relief would come back to me.”
With his morale and hope restored, he cared for his deported friends. He organized a group of Christian workers who did activities together like play sports or cards. He also organized a theatrical group. He galvanized his friends despite him suffering from painful boils, headaches and infected teeth. For his French friends, he arranged a Mass to be celebrated in their native tongue. Eventually, his religious activities attracted unwanted attention from the German officials. The Germans arrested Marcel on April 19, 1944.
The Germans interrogated Marcel. He admitted his Catholic activities and was imprisoned in Gotha. He secretly received the Eucharist while in prison and continued to pray and help his companions. He was considered dangerous to the Germans and was moved to a different prison at Mathausen. He suffered from various ailments such as bronchitis, malnutrition, dysentery, fever, swelling, and generalized weakness. He never complained. Despite his suffering, he encouraged his companions by saying, “It is in prayer that we find our strength.”
He died on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1945. Pope John Paul II beatified Marcel Callo on October 4, 1987.
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER NEWSLETTER IN THAI
“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
“This is my commandment:
love one another as I love you.”
BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,
FOR WE HAVE SINNED.
HERE I AM, LORD;
I COME TO DO YOUR WILL