The Samaritan woman, as she chats with Jesus, begins to become open to what Our Lord is saying to her. She is able to let go of her tradition and see a different perspective.

In her heart she desired more, and even though she had done her best to fill the emptiness in her life, Jesus’ words really touched her and she wanted to know more. She wasn’t satisfied until Jesus had given her all the answers to the questions her heart desired and longed for.

It takes an incredible openness to become like this Samaritan woman which is the challenge for men discerning a vocation.

Are we really open to the living water which Jesus is offering?

Do we want the living water, or would we prefer an alternative which is not Jesus?

We need to be brave to become like the Samaritan woman and we need to be brave to discern our vocation in light of today’s Gospel reading (John 4:5-42, Third Sunday of Lent Year A) and always be ready to answer the real questions that are in our hearts.

Kind regards and God bless

Vocations Director

Fr. Eamon Kennedy

22nd March 2014