March 19, 2017 3rd Sunday of Lent-A

Exodus 17:3-7

Psalm 95

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

…the love of God has been poured out into our hearts…  Romans 5:5

“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty…”  John 4:15

Lord, the woman you met near the well experienced an entire Lent in one afternoon.  She went from a searching sinner to a believer in you so quickly.  She was forever changed by this encounter with you.  Your kindness and wisdom, but most of all your transforming grace, satisfied her thirst.  You are a source of life that never runs dry.  Lord, we can’t live without water.  We must have a constant supply to survive.  Like the woman at the well you want to bring me to the well of life-giving grace.  Lord, I too am a sinner and fall short of your desire for me.  Transform my heart with your grace.  I look for your love and your presence each day I come to the well of your mercy.  Give me freedom from guilt and shame so I can live the abundant life you want for me.  Amen.