Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for March 15, 2020.
Description: For the 3rd Sunday of Lent, think about what you thirst for. Thirst happens when we lack something vital. Likewise, water is necessary for our spiritual survival – the living water, which we first received from the baptismal water that purifies us for eternal life.
The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. One of the biblical symbols that represents the presence of God’s Spirit is life-giving water. Therefore, we can surmise that Jesus wanted to give the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Samaritan woman. Why? She needed the truth; the Holy Spirit is Truth, and Jesus wanted to give her what she needed for salvation and then share this new life with the people around her.
For discussion groups such as RCIA and Small Christian Communities (SCC), this handout asks:
- In Exodus 17:3-7, why did a physical thirst turn into a sin? How does this happen today?
- In Romans 5, grace and hope are mentioned as gifts we receive when we have been “justified by faith” (i.e., when we’ve repented of our sins and sought forgiveness). How do grace and hope quench our thirsts? How do they help us resist sin?
- The woman at the well in John 4:5-42 eagerly received what Jesus said. Even though he confronted her about her sins, she drank it all in and then, without shame, excitedly told others about her encounter with the Messiah. What need was filled by the truth? What does this teach about how we can help others hear the truth?
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, adult education, Lenten faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
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