Sunday 23rd march 2014.
The Story of the woman at the well is unique to St John’s Gospel(John 4:1 1-42). In is a moving and beautiful encounter not least because Jews did not associate with Samaritans. Jesus, the first and greatest evangelist shows us that evangelizing means stepping outside of our comfort zone, boundaries, conventions, traditions and customs, reaching out the with gospel of joy and new life. Reading today’s Gospel brings us directly and personally in touch with the power, grace and attraction of Jesus and the gospel message. the women who was living in an irregular living situation(she had five husbands and was living with a man not her husband) become one of the New Testament’s most enthusiastic evangelists.
Lord May I recover and deepen my enthusiasm and be an evangelist who is not dejected, discouraged inpatient or anxious, but a minister of the gospel whose live glows with the fervour of when I first received the joy of Christ.
Monday 24th March
Smiling, happy people are clearly preferable to a people who are downcast and dejected. However, the joy of the gospel is not fascile, shallow or superficial. Our joy is not transient, fickle or capricious but firm in its resolve because when everything is said and done, we know we are infinitely loved by God. This means that we can know God’s joy and presence even admist the most terrible suffering. Pope Francis said: I understand the grief of people who have the endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress:
My soul is bereft of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is… But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.. the streadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, the are new every morning.
Tuesday 25th March
Today we recall that most sacred and holy moment in the drama of our salvation – the Annunciation of the Lord. This happy feast day reveals how God always takes the initiative, that he has loved us first, and that be alone gives the growth. God asked everything of Mary yet at the same time offered her everything. God asks everything of us but in return gives us everything. – every grace, every blessing. The work of the Holy Spirit is to help us revere the living memory of the church and these Key moments of salvation, In giving God praise and thanks, we receive an inner conviction, the spirit of joy, which imparts a grace, strength and power which surrounds us and carries us forward.
Lord God, may we often bring to mind your great work in our lives and the saving truths of our faith.