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3rd Sunday of Lent A
March 23, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Water and Bread

When we see the full mystery of Lent and Easter, we realize that, as great as our dry thirst and wide yearning may be, it is God’s eternal thirst for us, for our faith, our trust, our love, that is the central mystery of being,


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Shocking Behavior

The Mediterranean world is divided according to gender. Women have their places (kitchen, home); men have theirs (outdoors, the fields, the gate, the marketplace). The well is space common to both men and women, but they ought not to be there at the same time.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


Jesus is tired, tired out by his journey. He sits down. On the edge of a well he seats himself. It is midday, and he sits there exhausted. All these details have meaning. They are meant to signify something. They capture our attention, persuading us to knock and investigate further.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In the dry climate of Palestine, water is an obvious symbol of salvation and the allusion to the sacraments is not far below the surface in the Johannine discourse recounted in the Gospel.