Jesus needed to encounter the Samaritan woman in order to open her heart: he asks for a drink so as to bring to light her own thirst.  The woman is moved by this encounter: she asks Jesus several profound questions that we all carry within but often ignore.  Lent is the opportune time to look within ourselves, to understand our truest spiritual needs, and to ask the Lordís help in prayer... The Gospel says that the disciples marvelled that their Master was speaking to this woman.  But the Lord is greater than prejudice...mercy is greater than prejudice... She runs to the village, that village which had judged her, condemned her and rejected her, and she announces that she has met the Messiah: the one who has changed her life.  Because every encounter with Jesus changes our lives, always.

Pope Francis.

      

Very Rev Dean Kevin Donaghy PP VG