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March 15, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Samaritan Woman

JN 4:5-42 OR JN 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" - For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. - Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, 'you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

"I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking with you."

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."


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St. Joseph (Feast Day March 19)

The Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John tell us everything we know about Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Because Jesus was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit, God the Father is Jesus’ real father. But God called Joseph to be his foster father and care for him during his earthly life. The importance of Joseph’s part in God’s plan is found in the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Through the prophet Isaiah, God promises to send a Messiah to save all people. The Savior will come from the “house of David,”which means that he will be an ancestor of King David. Both the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew tell us that Joseph was from the family of David. Today, St. Joseph serves as a model for husbands and fathers.


Take time to chat

  • What did the woman in the Gospel story do after encountering Jesus? What effect did this have on the town in which she lived?
  • Is there someone you know who needs to hear about Jesus?What can you do to share your story with him or her?
  • In Unleash the Gospel, the Archbishop writes about the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, "Her message was neither eloquent nor complete, yet it was spectacularly effective." What made her message "spectacularly effective?"


Recipe of the week

Homemade Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1½ cups raisins
2 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)

Sift dry ingredients into a medium size bowl. Work in butter with fingers. Add raisins (and caraway seeds if desired). In a separate bowl, combine eggs and buttermilk. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add eggs and buttermilk. Mix together with a wooden spoon until dough becomes stiff.

Turn out onto a floured board. With floured hands, knead lightly and swiftly for a few seconds. Place smooth side up in a lightly floured 8-inch round cake pan. With a floured knife, cut a deep cross on top. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.


Family Fun

Explore Detroit!

• Go to Mass at one of the beautiful, old downtown churches.

• Visit to the Solanus Casey Center and gift shop.

• Have lunch at a fun downtown restaurant.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

St. Patrick's Breastplate

Christ with me,
Christ before me,  
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Find the eighth station of the cross in your church. What is happening in this station?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well (Jn 4:5-42) is a paradigm of evangelization. When the woman came to the well for her daily task of drawing water, Jesus engaged her in conversation, showing that he cared for her as a person. He spoke to her of 'living water" that would quench her deepest thirst." (Marker 1.2)

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March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. According to tradition, Patrick converted the pagan Irish to Christianity.