Sunday, March 3, 2024

Tasteless or sweetness: Third Sunday of Lent...

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
(Optional Gospel for today) 

And a little worker bee reminded me: 
March 3rd is the 3rd day of the 3rd month
and today it is the 3rd Sunday of Lent!

"Although Jesus asked this woman for a drink, 
His real thirst was for her faith."
St Augustine

"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)  
St Photina (Woman at the Well - Feast Day: March 20)
pray for us!

Remembering also today...
St Katharine Drexel
American ~ 1858 - 1955
Heiress, educator, founder of schools
Entered religious life at age 31
Foundress - Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
aka 'the anti-Margaret Sanger'
(We need St K's special prayers today!)
Feast Day - March 3


“And here is the passive way – 
to be filled unto the fullness of God. 
The passive way – I abandon myself to it, 
not in a multiplicity of trials, extraordinary 
penances accomplished, practices of great works – 
but in peaceful abandonment to the 
tenderness of Jesus, which I must try to imitate, 
and by being in constant union with His 
meek and humble heart."  - St Katharine Drexel

Top painting: The Good Shepherd ~ Minerva Teichert

St Katharine Drexel, pray for us!
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