Mass Readings: Exodus 17:3-7/Romans 5:1-2,5-8/John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15,19b-26,39a, 40-42

Real People

One of the reasons I like today’s Gospel is it shows two people who are very human. The first is Jesus who, Luke tells us, was “tired from his journey.” I can imagine Him plopping down by the well as the noon sun beat down. He really wants a drink of water! And the second is the woman who comes there alone at that time of day because, Scripture scholars say, the other women would have nothing to do with someone divorced and remarried so many times. But the reason I like her is because of her spunk. She’s ready to verbally spar with this out-of-towner.

All those famous, less-than-famous, and infamous people in the Gospels were . . . people. They had good days and bad. Just like I do.

Prayer: Dear Lord, bless all the people who are a part of my life today.