March 10, 2020
Sunday’s second reading is Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. Verse 5 is: “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” This passage invites us to realize that the only one worthy of our hope is Christ Jesus. The only one in which we ought to hope is Jesus. Strangers will disappoint us. Family and friends will disappoint us. Institutions, governments and churches will disappoint us. All hope that lacks a foundation in Jesus Christ is misplaced.
Hope in Jesus Christ does not disappoint us! We can have firm trust and belief and faith in Jesus. Hope in him is well founded in fact it is the only hope that never disappoints us. Lent invites us to reflect upon where we have placed our hope. To see how we have been misguided and to shift all our hope unto the Lord. We can be assured that Jesus will always be faithful to his promises. Jesus will always keep his word. Jesus died to forgive us our sins and salvation is possible for all those who believe in him.
Today’s Gospel of the Samaritan woman invites us to ask ourselves the question: For what or for whom do I thirst? It is an appropriate question for Lent! Throughout the year we each try to satisfy our “thirst” in people or in stuff that ultimately do not have the capacity to satisfy our thirst. God has created us with an infinite thirst that can only be satiated by an infinite being. Everything in the finite world will always leave us wanting for more. Lent comes around each year and provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge our futile attempts to satisfy our thirst and to realize that only Jesus can satisfy us.
Lent provides us with the opportunity to ask for forgiveness for the ways we have tried to foolishly satisfy our thirst with people and material items. Lent provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge that when Jesus told the Samaritan woman he was thirsty it was not for water but for her and her faith. Jesus is thirsty for me and my faith, hope and love. The Holy Spirit is willing to pour God’s love into our hearts if we but only open our hearts to the Spirit. This Lent, allow the Spirit to fill our “bucket” with life giving water. Hope in the Lord!