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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent “C”– RCIA – 2019 Theme: Trusting in God’s plan for your life Dearly Beloved, permit me to ask you this, does God have any expectations of us? Definitely. We read last week from the book of Genesis how he made a covenant with Abraham. He was going to be a father to Abraham and his descendants; however, he expected Abraham to be trusting and faithful. Friends, there is nothing wrong to be hopeful and expectant for all the positive things as we commit our lives to God. As you do your best in all situations in your relationship with God, you naturally expect him to protect, guide and save you from things beyond your strength. Unfortunately, our commitment to God does not always bring us, in our estimation, the “best we think we deserve”. No matter how best we serve, how much we pray, fast, be charitable, etc., life can be difficult and challenging from time to time. The Israelites left Egypt with great expectations. They saw the miracles God worked through Moses before finally Pharaoh allowing them to leave. What should they expect but a very successful journey with a God powerful to do anything. They trusted Moses’ leadership and that God was finally freeing them. But now in the first reading (Ex 17:3-7), we see things getting bad. We can imagine them saying, “It shouldn’t have been like this.” They are tormented by thirst and they are complaining. Now that they have run out of water, they feel that God is distant. They no longer trust God. They complained about why they were in the desert. Moses was afraid that they might even stone him. Instead of trusting in God, they did the very opposite, they put God to the test. The Hebrews in the desert forgot one fundamental point; God had a plan for them and would see that plan through. I may not know exactly what you are fighting, struggling with as you wake up each day in your life, but one thing I know is, which I share with you, there is God, who has plans for you. The first reading is not just about the Hebrews in the desert. The first reading is also about us. So when things are not as we think they should be, “Keep calm and carry on.” When things are not as you thought they would be, remember God has a plan. Friends, this Samaritan woman we read about in the gospel least expected that God had a plan for her life. (John 4:5-42). Her day started like any other day. She was coming to the well on her own instead of with the women of the town. Probably because she may have felt excluded due to her sinful past. There she met Jesus and He knew everything about her, about her past and her marriages. But Jesus also had a plan for her, and that plan was to lead her to himself. Instead of the water of her plans, Jesus offered himself as the water she needed. Jesus uncovered her past so that what was sinful and hurtful could be healed. She came to the well bringing a water jar but she found much more than water, so she left her jar by the well and hurried back to the townspeople; the very people she apparently had been avoiding, to tell them that she may have found the Messiah. May you come to experience something exceeding your expectations from God. Dearly Beloved, just as the Hebrews in the desert in the first reading are a warning to us, the woman of Samaria is an example to us. By sheer grace, like her, you have heard Jesus offering a living water. Jesus knows all about you, even what you do not want to face. But Jesus wants to give you a new identity in himself, to transform you. Of course, this happens above all in baptism, which is why the readings today are so appropriate for catechumens and the first scrutiny. Jesus continues to hold out that offer of grace to you. ...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. (John 4:14) Yes, God does understand, yes God does have a plan. All we need is to give ourselves completely to God, to trust completely in God, to allow God to be the source of all our existence.