3.26.2011

The Samaritan Woman

There comes a time in everyone's life where they have to deal with reality. We are good at pretending that everything is going well, even though it is quite the opposite. We can get really good at it, so much so, that we are able to fool others and possibly even ourselves.

The woman of this Sunday's Gospel has been living her life the same way for years. Of course, there was a different man every few years to change things up a bit, but basicly things were routine. All it takes was an encounter with Jesus to see her life for what it really was at the time. Hesitant at first He challenges her to look at her life, not with rose-colored glasses, but with 20/20 vision. It is a wonder she could see well enough to find the source that would quench her thirst for forgiveness. She could hear; hear the voice of refreshment.

Jesus tells the woman her story. For the first time she sees that it not a pretty picture. Living in the rut of sin can easily become the norm of anyone's life. Jesus opens the door, He gains her trust and she is renewed.

Many find their way to the confessional during this season of Lent. But many find it through rose-colored glasses. We need to hear the voice of the Master calling us to really look at our lives. Perhaps the best way to do this is through a good examination of conscience. A great place to start is right here.