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Lent 3 A: “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” is the question of the day right now. As Americans more and more engage highly individualistic spiritualities and civil religion while leaving more rigorous expressions of Christianity, and in light of the state of the world today, we find ourselves asking this ancient question. Our answer has been evangelical prosperity religions or no religion at all. The world’s question today is the growing fear that God has abandoned us, even as we are thirsty and hungry for some deeper and richer meaning in our shallow lives.

Paul’s words encourage us. “we have with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” “hope does not disappoint,” and “God proves His love for us.” These answer the question whether God is for us or not. Paul is offering evidence based on God’s actions in history, that the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

The woman at the well also finds an answer to this question in her encounter with Jesus. Jesus gives her the ultimate answer to the questions of our lives. We are satisfied of food and drink, because we are doing the will of the Father. Jesus, presenting himself a the long awaited Messiah, offers a new direction and meaning for her life. The disciples on the other hand are like the traditionalists today; Jesus (the church) keeps women in their place and should avoid dealing with them. Nothing could be further from the Gospel.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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