Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 3rd SUN. OF LENT/YEAR A

Exodus 17: 3 - 7
3But the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?"
4So Moses cried to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me."
5And the LORD said to Moses, "Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand the rod with which you struck the Nile, and go.
6Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7And he called the name of the place Massah and Mer'ibah, because of the faultfinding of the children of Israel, and because they put the LORD to the proof by saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"
Psalms 95: 1 - 2, 6 - 9
1O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!
8Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

Romans 5: 1 - 2, 5 - 8
1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
5and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
6While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die.
8But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

John 4: 5 - 42
5So he came to a city of Samar'ia, called Sy'char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
8For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar'ia?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, `Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
11The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water?
12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?"
13Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again,
14but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
16Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
17The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, `I have no husband';
18for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly."
19The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
21Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
25The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things."
26Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."
27Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "Why are you talking with her?"
28So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people,
29"Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?"
30They went out of the city and were coming to him.
31Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
32But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33So the disciples said to one another, "Has any one brought him food?"
34Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.
35Do you not say, `There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
36He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
37For here the saying holds true, `One sows and another reaps.'
38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."
39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did."
40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
41And many more believed because of his word.
42They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."


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