DW: March 23, 2014

Gospel: John 4:5-42

Catechism: 544, 694, 1137, 728, 2560, 2561, 728, 1999, 2557, 2652, 586, 528, 1179, 439, 606, 2611, 2824

Comment: Today's Gospel reading for the Third Sunday in Lent is the famous scene of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. This is a deep Gospel story and all the Catechism paragraphs that reference this event are worth meditating on. Worth mentioning is the number of times the Catechism uses this story to talk about the Holy Spirit and the role the Holy Spirit plays in worship and sanctification.

2652 The Holy Spirit is the living water "welling up to eternal life" in the heart that prays. It is he who teaches us to accept it at its source: Christ. Indeed in the Christian life there are several wellsprings where Christ awaits us to enable us to drink of the Holy Spirit.

694 Water. The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit's action in Baptism, since after the invocation of the Holy Spirit it becomes the efficacious sacramental sign of new birth: just as the gestation of our first birth took place in water, so the water of Baptism truly signifies that our birth into the divine life is given to us in the Holy Spirit. As "by one Spirit we were all baptized," so we are also "made to drink of one Spirit." Thus the Spirit is also personally the living water welling up from Christ crucified as its source and welling up in us to eternal life.

Click here to pray through the rest of the paragraphs of the Catechism that reference this Sunday's Gospel reading.