Many years, on this third Sunday of Lent, we hear the gospel about the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at Jacob’s Well. I happened to see a fresco this morning in the Cathedral of Tivoli, an historic city east of Rome, depicting this very Gospel scene:
It seems to me that perhaps this fresco captures the moment when Christ said to the Samaritan woman:
“You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
For you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
By the end of that passage, as we know so well, the woman will go forth proclaiming to the townspeople, “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?” Following upon her invitation, the townspeople will conclude: “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.”