3rd Sunday of Lent Year A - 23/3/2014 - Gospel: Jn: 5-15. 19b-26. 39a. 40-42
Home made
As human beings we all need the essential things to live on. We need water to quench our thirst and for cleaning and for refreshing.  We need food for the body and we need companionship for support and security and growth. These things are needed not just for an individual but for everybody, whether we are single or married we all need it.

The saying 'charity begins at home' means charity is not born but homemade. Charity is born out of practicing generosity at home and that is shown by the love that each family member has for one another.  It plays a vital role in the family because it helps a person to growth in maturity both in terms of physical and spiritual and psychological. It is proven that social problems come from people who went through dysfunctional families at childhood. It means that members of that family were living in a hostile environment and it affects their adult life.

When a member of a family tries hard to be charitable to other members that person enriches the family's life and makes other members feel happy. A charitable act begins with a simple service but it plays a vital role in strengthening the bond of the family members and also enriches the life of that person. S/he will be a good contact for society and for those who are fortunate to befriend to that person. When a simple action is done, not out of duty, but out of love it is a clear sign of love in action. Like water we need love and compassion daily and we need to be charitable for one another daily. When one member of the family feels unwell or finds that life is a heavy burden other members show care and love the burdens certainly lightened. In caring for others we need to overcome social differences and mistakes that a person has committed otherwise it challenges us to serve and care for. Jesus, regardless of the woman's background at the well, He initiates the conversation to find out the need and helps the woman have faith in Him. It was not at the beginning of the conversation but near the end of the conversation when Jesus helped her to see her past life and how it had changed accordingly. A good conversation has answers not for everything but it helps to build up trust, openness and strengthens the relationships.

Jesus came to the Samaritan town and he met a woman at the well drawing water from it. Jesus initiated the conversation, asking her for the water to drink. Jesus continues to thirst for mankind to come to Him as He said on the cross 'I thirst'. He is thirsting to hear our voice and to have daily conversation with us. He is asking you to give Him a few minutes daily. He is asking you for water, to welcome Him into your family. He asks us to be more charitable to your family and extend it to others around you. Those who respond to His thirst will receive more than expected because Jesus will quench our thirst for ever because

'The water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside hi, welling up to eternal life' v.14

The Samaritan woman at the well responds to Jesus that leads her own identity to be revealed and her life was evolved toward Him.