In today’s Gospel, we have an unexpected, sudden meeting between Jesus and one who was considered by many folks to be an outsider, a stranger, and undesirable. She was a woman who thirsted for attention and love. Without knowing it, she stumbled into an ocean of both love and attention, these from an unassuming man from a tribe who had traditionally rejected her. I am sure she and Jesus were startled when they first met. However, in a few moments time, and after a small, but life-saving discussion, her life was eternally different. She was smothered with God’s unconditional non-judgmental love. She met love itself. Richard Rohr, a spiritual leader, tells us that God loves us, not because of anything we do that is good, God loves us because God is Good. Have a wonderful Lent.
–Fr. Bob Bolser, C.S.V. served in Campus Ministry at Saint Viator High School during the 1980’s.