Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for March 12, 2023

Reflection for March 12, 2023

An unquenchable thirst for God

Samaritan woman experiences God's love and  invites her townspeople to  do the same

by Sister Ann Rehrauer

Sunday, March 12, as the Church celebrates the third Sunday of Lent, our religious Community also celebrates our Founders’ Day.  Two Sisters arrived in Bay Settlement on Feb. 2, 1868, and were joined by two women from the parish.  Together with the pastor, Father Edward Daems, OSC, they founded our Community and opened Holy Cross School in Bay Settlement on Feb. 12.  Each year on the Sunday closest to March 14, we Sisters commemorate the day our original statutes were approved by the Bishop of Green Bay in 1889.

In the Gospel account for today, there was another woman who was invited by God to leave her comfort zone and, after a little help, to accept the call to minister to others.

As the story opens, Jesus was alone near a well in Sychar because his disciples had gone into town.  A Samaritan woman approached the well to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink.  This was an unusual occurrence since a man would not converse with a single woman he didn’t know -- and a Jewish person would never approach a Samaritan.  But Jesus wasn’t known for following social conventions.

As the situation developed, Jesus and the woman moved into a theological conversation which eventually became very personal – about her life and multiple failed relationships and an offer of something more.

Think about that invitation Jesus offered the woman:

He began by asking her to minister to him by providing water – even though she was a stranger, a Samaritan, and a woman with a checkered past.  Then he offered her living water – an opportunity for faith.  What began with a request for water resulted in her return to her village (where she was not well-accepted) and enabled her to announced the presence of the Jewish Messiah and lead others to faith.  God often seems to choose fragile and seemingly inadequate people for ministry.

This week God will invite us to recognize an opportunity in some ordinary event of life (like a chance encounter with someone) and to be a source of good news.  All we need are open eyes, a willing spirit, and trust that God can and does use us.


Agnes Fischer
03/10/2023 6:14 am

Thanks, Ann. There's hope for the future!

03/10/2023 7:02 am

Thanks Ann. Words to nurture and then act on.

Rev.. William J, J Jacobs, Jr.
03/10/2023 8:40 am

It was Father J. W. DeVries from Holy Cross Church during my Grade School Years, who led me to Christ.

At my Graduation from Holy Cross School, he put his arm around me and said, "WILLIAM, YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE ME VERY PROUD SOME DAY!" I never knew what he meant until the day of my Ordination, That day, even though, he was long gone, I knew I had made him very proud!

AS I complete 20 Years of Priesthood, and head on "home", I know I've made many people proud, but especially Fr. DeVries, and Sister Jeanette.

God Bless you Dear Sisters.

Your Old Friend and definite Supporter.

Father Bill Jacobs

03/10/2023 10:04 am

Thanks for the reminder that God often chooses fragile people for ministry - that includes each of us. And, for the reminder to watch for some ordinary event of life that can be a source of good news.

Sr Dorothy Wagner
03/10/2023 12:48 pm

Congratulations on celebrating your Founders’ Day! It’s a wonderful time to prayerfully and thankfully remember our past and present call and commitment to prayer and ministry in community.

03/11/2023 11:57 am

Thank you, Sister, that was a very nice reflection to read and ponder

03/11/2023 6:51 pm

I look forward to what God sends my way this week. Thanks for challenging us to "move beyond conventions of our society"!

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