A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – SHORT – CYCLE “A” – MARCH 15TH 2020 – SMG
This homily is written to be given in conjunction with Molly Beck’s witness for Perpetual Adoration. It is abbreviated.
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
This has been a week of change. Lots of change. Last Sunday, we changed our clocks. And last Sunday our Diocese began the announcements of the changes that are coming in June, to the Catholic Church, right here in northcentral Indiana. And then, beginning, really, what? Wednesday afternoon and evening, our whole world began changing very rapidly. Schools closing. Entire sports seasons being cancelled. Tom Hanks, one of America’s favorite actors, announced that he and his wife have the Coronavirus. It was like, Forrest Gump, getting the disease. And then the changes to the Mass. It’s all been a wild week. Lots of change. And we love change, don’t we?
We come to Mass today, at least some of us do, and we hear the story of the woman at the well. The woman at the well went there that day to get some water. Good place to go if you’re thirsty. But if we look at where this woman is, at the beginning of the Gospel, and where she is at the end of the Gospel, it is almost like two different people! This woman is changed. She gets her water, but she gets something much, much more, from Jesus, that changes her forever!
As the Gospel progresses, this woman moves from being a person of great suspicion and mistrust, to becoming a believer, who rushes to tell others that she has found the Messiah. Just look at the words with which she addresses Jesus, from the beginning of the Gospel, to the end of the story: First, she describes Jesus as a Jew, and then she changes and calls Him “Sir”, and then she refers to Him as a prophet. And finally she recognizes Him as the Christ. That’s a lot of change in a very short time. And as her image of Jesus changes, so does she! She is converted from a woman with past, to a new creation in Christ, that is on a mission.
Lent is our time to change. This is our opportunity to move from sinfulness to new life and salvation. That same Jesus that met the woman at the well, invites us to come and spend time with Him in Eucharistic Adoration, especially as we prepare to move to Perpetual Adoration. I was prepared to give you several arguments why you should sign up on that list in the church narthex for Perpetual Adoration, but all you have to do is look at this past week, and look at the state of our world, as we gather for this Mass this evening. IF ever there was a time that all of us ought to be on our knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament, it is now! Prayer is what is most needed. Encountering Jesus changed the woman at the well. Perpetual Adoration is Jesus’ own invitation to each one of us, to be changed and made whole, and to experience His love and mercy at a whole new level.
Today, I’ve asked Molly Beck to come and share a little bit about her experience with Eucharistic Adoration. I’ve had the honor of knowing Molly and Peter since they were both in high school, and watching them form their own youth group. You probably have read Molly’s columns in the Catholic Moment, our Diocesan newspaper, where she is one of our most famous parishioners. Please welcome Molly to our Mass this evening…
+ May God bless us all, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!