THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
his week we continue to approach our scriptures using the Lenten theme of Encounter Christ and for the 3rd week of Lent the weekly theme is Refreshing Our Souls.
Sometimes we may get physically thirsty or hungry like the people in the desert in our first reading and we refresh our bodies with water and food, but when it comes to refreshing our souls, we need an encounter with Jesus. Each time we come to Mass, we have such an opportunity, when we participate fully in the mass with our mind, our body and our soul. If, however, we are distracted by our problems at home or work or there is something else that takes our minds off of the Mass, we may not receive full refreshment and our encounter with Christ may only be superficial.
The Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John, chapter 4 has a face to face encounter with Christ. He even says to her “I am he,” and she left her water jar and went to town telling people to come and see Jesus. Her encounter with Jesus that day refreshed her soul so much that she wanted to share the Good News with others.
Likewise, our encounter with Christ at Mass should refresh our souls so much that when we leave Mass we should be eager to share the Good news with everyone we encounter. May your encounter with Christ during Mass this weekend and during this beautiful season of Lent refresh your soul as well as your mind and your body so much that as we approach Easter Sunday you will have rediscovered your faith and be ready to share that faith eagerly. God bless you and your family.
Rev. Robert L. Pope, Jr.
“Destroy this temple
and in three days I will raise it up.”
John 2, 19