At the end of this quarantine, Christ awaits us like the Samaritan woman at the well of water;

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

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IN QUARANTINE OF THIS TERM, CRISTO CI ATTENDE COME LA SAMARITANA AL POZZO D’ACQUA

The unfolding of the woman to Jesus, that God is really present, allows the Samaritan first to discover the truth about herself. It leaves out from God and not stop at the surface of herself. Dialogue with God really this is a revelation about themselves, go deep compared to its identity.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

“Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well”, by Alessandro Fava Vodret. Rome, private collection

in those moments when a whole country is under quarantine, with almost no outdoor activities and plenty of indoor activities within our communities and our families, you can find a bit of time to reflect’ on some issues of our faith that is able to escape to a deep meditation.

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In a basketball game, There is a scheme called "isolation" in which you leave the attacking player alone against the defender. One versus one, isolated from the rest of their teams. In that moment, the attacker must remember well what are its characteristics, his athletic talents, to win the game.

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The isolation scheme It is explained by the basketball player Tony Mitchell [cf. video WHO].

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One of the issues that this Lent It then meditate is the theme of the Real Presence and concrete of God in our lives. The first reading shows us a picture of a little’ particular. We read:

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"Moses did so, under the eyes of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah and Meribah, because of the protest of the Israelites and because they put the Lord to the test, saying: "The Lord is among us, or not?”».

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If we look the original Jewish, that protest with which the Jewish people turn to God, It is expressed with the word Rib, indicating a form of Judaism in the legal dispute with two, that it is resolved without putting the guilty to death. Here then is that the Jewish people complain all the time and, in that protest, It seems to doubt the prophetic ability to Moses, in a quarrel endlessly. Anche dopo il miracolo, the Jewish people is undecided. It is in fact a people who desperately, anxiously serenity and without seeking sensationalist signs. The right broker that is sent, Moses, does not satisfy.

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This can be a meditation for us: our faith is frantic, always looking for signs, miracles and wonders? Il Signore ci chiede di abbandonarci a Lui, rereading the events that happen to us with the eyes of faith, without constantly questioning his action with us. We may ask ourselves if we too, as the Jewish people, "Quarrel" with God and its intermediaries, because we do not trust anyone. Hence the question: As we trust concrete real presence of the Lord?

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In this sense the Gospel of the Samaritan He wants to break with the Jewish tradition. It proposes the setting of the Old Testament. The desert, the thirst, and dialogue. But here everything is different. In the dialogue between the woman and Jesus, there is an opening to a dialogue with the You Eternal God. The demand for water, and a little’ an excuse of the Lord, to get in touch with the woman. So who then will tell

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"You said well: "I have no husband". For you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband; What you have said is true '.

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Here then the disclosure of the woman to Jesus, that God is really present, allows the Samaritan first to discover the truth about herself. It leaves out from God and not stop at the surface of herself. Dialogue with God really this is a revelation about themselves, go deep compared to its identity.

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Immediately after is an even unfold the truth about God. For Jesus will tell:

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"I know that Messiah is coming, called Christ: when he comes, He will announce all things ".

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Jesus said:

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"It's me (became. I am = Name of God), I speak with you, ".

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Here is the lesson for us on how to build a real genuine relationship and not a frantic search of signs, wonders, reveries: but a living and fruitful dialogue, in the silence of the desert, while Christ Water quenches our thirst for truth.

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We ask the Lord to be getting every day more like the Samaritan woman, and more and more like Mary, that in the prayerful listening tenderness, They became the first preachers of the divine truth.

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In this moment of pain and trial, we priests of Christ we raise more than ever supplications. In our Eucharistic celebrations made without people, for safety reasons you know well, implore God every day Father to preserve the health of bodies and souls of our beloved faithful.

Amen.

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Rome, 15 March 2020

 

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