Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“God is Spirit and those who worship must worship in Spirit and in Truth.” The next three Sundays of Lent, the church refers us to the Sacrament of Baptism. Why? Our baptism is our initiation /rebirth as sons and daughters of God. Baptism marks the beginning of our lives as daughters and sons of God through the Holy Spirit. Hence our being singled out as those who “worship in Spirit and in Truth.”
The Gospel of John today, begins with a dialogue between Jesus and a woman - a Samaritan. In the conversation, a number of moments occur. One of them tells us that Jesus revealed to her and to us that “true worshippers worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.” In other words, baptized members of the Body of Christ, worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.
As a result of the experience that the woman had with Jesus, we are further told by John, that “...she put down her water jar and hurried back to the town to tell the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did: I wonder if he is the Christ.’” Her confident witness to the people moved them to come to Jesus. When they encountered him and they heard his word, they said to the woman, “Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”
Now more than ever, worshippers are called to follow the path the woman took arising out of her experience with Jesus. When we are told at the end of Mass, “Go and proclaim the Gospel of the Lord”, we are being told to go and tell others, “Come and see a man who has told me everything I ever did...”
Would you do so?
Fr. Clement Paul.