The Samaritan Woman: More Than a Sign | One-Minute Homily

by | Mar 15, 2020 | One-Minute Homily, Videos

It seems that today’s readings are all about water, but Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ, wants to go deeper. Check out this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Hi, I’m Jeff Ryan Miraflor and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

It’s easy to think that the important symbol we’re supposed to notice today is water. In the first reading, the Israelites were begging for water until God had Moses strike the rock with his staff. In the Gospel, Jesus asked the Samaritan woman to give him water and Jesus offered her the water of eternal life. But today’s not about water.

It’s about signs. Even though God saved the Israelites from slavery, gave them manna to eat, and lead them to the promised land, they still doubted whether God was with them or not. They needed another sign to know that God was with them. The Samaritan woman didn’t need signs. Jesus could have easily performed a miracle, but instead He showed the Samaritan woman how much He knows her personally. She believed not because of signs, but because of Jesus’ words.

We need to be more like her, believing God not because of miracles, but because God truly knows and loves us. We don’t need signs, we just believe.


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