Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Tuesday 14th March
I wonder if each of us knows what brings out the worst in us, and I wonder if we would admit it if we do? When the Israelites are following Moses in the wilderness, a people liberated from slavery by God’s miraculous intervention, it is their thirst for water that starts to bring out the worst in them. It is their thirst for water that erodes their trust in Moses as their leader, and in God, despite all they have experienced. To be fair this comes as no surprise – this is a life and death issue – and it is these issues that challenge our humanity most.
We will hear on Sunday of how they quarrelled with Moses and tested God; but I imagine that first they would have quarrelled amongst themselves. As water became scarce they would perhaps look at their community, their friends, their families, with envious eyes, harsh words and surreptitious actions. But God is a God of compassion. He responds to the envy and squabbling of our communities, to our lack of trust – not by withdrawing from us, but by giving more. The rock is split, and living water flows from it. Christ’s life is given, and all things become possible.
Question: What situations bring out the worst in me? How can trusting God more help me deal with this?
Prayer: God of our ancestors, help us trust in you, to turn from our deepest fears, to your life giving love. Amen.