Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tasteless... or sweetness? ...

Third Sunday of Lent

The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, 
that I may never be thirsty or have to 
keep coming here to draw water."  - John 4:15 

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"Hence the loftier were the words of the Son of God, the more tasteless they were to the impure, as happened when he preached the sovereign and loving doctrine of the Holy Eucharist; for many turned away (Jn 6:60-61, 67).

Those who do not relish this language God speaks within them must not think on this account that others do not taste it; St Peter tasted it in his soul when he said to Christ:  Lord, where shall we go; You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68).  And the Samaritan woman forgot the water pot because of the sweetness of God's words (Jn 4:28)."
St John of the Cross (+1591)

Prayer After Communion (Today’s Liturgy)
 As we receive the pledge
of things yet hidden in heaven
and are nourished while still on earth
with the Bread that comes from on high,
we humbly entreat you, O Lord.
that what is being brought about in us in mystery
may come to true completion.
Through Christ our Lord.

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