Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Wednesday 15th March
So beset by our quarrels, our worst brought out of us by our fears, and wondering where we are on our journey, this Sunday St Paul delivers the tonic we need. Bringing us back from wallowing in what is wrong – with the world, with our little corner of it or with ourselves – we are reminded of what we need. What we need is hope – and hope whose foundations lay not in our own navigational skills for the journey, and not in our own ability to rise unaided above our human condition. Hope based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We stand in grace.
We hope not in spite of the difficulties and struggles of being human, but we hope through our struggles because of the love which God has poured into our hearts.
We did not earn the sacrifice which Christ willingly made for us – but still he made it. We didn’t even repent first. God did not blackmail or cajole us into our salvation. While we were still sinners, God gave everything, willingly and without reservation, for love of us.
Question: When we see ourselves in this light, see our value to the God of all creation, how will we respond?
Prayer: Loving God, help me to see my value as you see it today. Give me hope in my struggles, and help me to follow you. Amen.