Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Lent

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Here are some of the themes that we find in the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Exodus 17:3-7

  • In their thirst for water, the people grumble against Moses.
  • At the Lord’s command, Moses takes his staff and strikes a rock, from which water flows and the people are able to drink.

Psalm – 95:1-2,6-9

  • “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
  • Unlike the Israelites who grumbled, we are exhorted to come before the Lord in joyful worship with thanksgiving.

2nd Reading – Romans 5:1-2,5-8

  • Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Gospel – John 4:5-42

  • Jesus, sitting at a well in the town of Sychar in Samaria, encounters a woman and converses with her.
  • Jesus announces that he is the Christ, and the woman tells others about Jesus…and they come to believe that he is the savior of the world.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent


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