Lent: A Time of Deep Reflection

19 Mar 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Lent: A Time of Deep Reflection

20130302DSC_2804-032Today’s first reading from the Torah recounts our fickle human tendency to question and doubt God, despite His many benefactions to us. Instead, we tend to focus on immediate satisfaction. If the ancients were guilty of this, our contemporaries can outdo them in spades. Never before has the world seen such a high percentage of agnostics and non-church goers.

We pride ourselves on our scientific and material achievements all the while failing to see the Divine intelligence underlying the consistency which makes our scientific laws possible. We may be brilliant in some matters, but very superficial in others. Speaking of superficial, we are all very familiar with today’s Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well. A superficial reading may fail to recognize the following two points. First, in Jesus’ time it was not permitted by custom for a man to speak in public with a strange woman. (All the more so in this case, because she likely had a bad reputation among her peers as evidenced by her coming to the well at noon rather than earlier in the day with the other women.) But Jesus seeing some potential in her did not let social consensus stand in the way.

Second, as a result of her encounter with Jesus, the women brought back a whole crowd from the town to meet Him. Are we to suppose the crowd consisted only of women? Or rather anyone who would listen to her? She was now a “Fisher of men” as much as any disciple!

Lent is a time for deep not superficial reflection. If we are content to go with the flow, it won’t happen.

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