Daily Gospel Reflection for March 19, 2017 - Third Sunday of Lent


Today’s Gospel: John 4:5-42 – Third Sunday of Lent

My favorite story in the Bible is today’s Gospel, Jesus and the woman at the well or the woman of Samaria (John 4:4-42). It is the story of a woman who is so shunned by society that she fetches her water at a time when she knows no one will be around. But then she encounters Jesus.

Jesus, smiling, “Could I have a drink?”

Me, “Huh? Are you talking to me?”

Jesus, now laughing, “Yes, you! Could I trouble you for a drink?”

Me, “Well, uh, sure, I guess.” Why is this man with the piercing eyes and mega-watt smile speaking to me?

Jesus, “Thank you, very kind of you.” He wipes his mouth with his sleeve. “So how’s your day going?”

Me, “My day? It’s fine, I guess.” I’m getting increasingly more uncomfortable. Who is this guy?

Jesus, “So, do you come here often?” His mega-watt smile has turned mischievous and now I’m getting annoyed.

Me, “Look, I don’t know who you think you are, but …” I stop and stare at him. The mischievous smile is still there, but now the eyes dance with a secret revealed.

Me, “No way!”

Jesus, “Yep. Way.”

I stare at him for a long time until he beckons me to sit with him and he says, with a tenderness in his voice that makes my knees buckle, “Let’s talk.”

This reflection was originally published on Being Catholic…Really


Do you see yourself in the woman at the well?


Lord Jesus, help me to not only recognize you, but to not hesitate to come to you when you call me. Let my prayer time be our time to talk.


Copyright 2017 Pam Spano

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Pam Spano converted to the Catholic faith as an adult over 30 years ago. Her conversion story started when she sarcastically said to her Catholic boyfriend at the time, "I suppose if we were to get married, you would want me to convert." He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I am worried about your soul." And so the journey began ...


  1. I love this! This is such a great way of personalizing the reading – making it applicable to us every day. And, the prayer of petition at the end is a great reminder that He doesn’t always reveal Himsef to us in the manner we expect. But, we should always be prepared for Him to reveal himself.

    Wonderful piece!

  2. Cute! This is really making me chuckle. I love how it makes the Gospel story seem so down to earth, but so strikingly bizarre at the same time. I’ve been thinking about this Gospel a lot, it’s like I heard it anew yesterday.

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