posted on March 03, 2013 13:54
Homily: Father Mike Kuse
Blessed Sacrament Parish
March 3, 2013 - 3rd Sunday of Lent
10 AM Service
We're at the well this morning. What would Jesus say to each one of us about ourselves? No one else knows.
He would say, “Just to let you know, I'm just not your ordinary person. I am the Son of God. And I know you inside and out.”
It might be a humbling experience but it also might be an awesome experience. You notice Jesus did not condemn the woman at the well. Anytime he meets someone, he never condemns. He's just a reservoir of love that keeps opening up new ways for every single person to capture what it means to stand on holy ground.
Sometimes it's good for us to take off our shoes and socks and just let our feet touch the surface. It doesn't make any difference where you are, you will realize that there is something so sacred in life, and you are being drawn to it - and you are not sure why.
During this season of Lent not only here in this parish but in parishes across the world - children, men, women - are coming to celebrate the scrutinies of the church. It's a time when we are being asked, “Do you want to take your shoes and socks off? Do you really want to stand on holy ground?”
Then the church looks around at the rest of us and says, “I hope you have already taken your shoes and socks off before we ask the elect of the church to do this. Because otherwise the elect could ask, “Why should we take off our shoes and socks if the rest of you will not take off your shoes and socks?”
What are we being called to do, and what's going to be our answer? We could sit here all day and talk about the gift of the woman at the well and what that passage in Scripture means. That event was meant to be. And she is all of us. No Samaritan woman would ever come to the well in the heat of the day. Just as no Jewish man would ever be caught at a Samaritan well.
Things in your life and my life happen for a reason. The question is: Am I really awake to see it? Am I open to receive it? Am I open to give it? That's what it means to stand on holy ground.
There's a difference. They used to joke about this event but it could happen in any town. In St. Louis there is area where street after street is lined with bungalows and they all look the same. A man who had way too much to drink came home one night and went into the wrong bungalow. All the rooms and doors were in the same place and he thought he was in his house. So he got undressed and started to get into bed and found someone sleeping there. He said, “What are you doing here?”
The man in the bed said, “Aw, I live here.”
“No, you don't.”
“Get out of our house.”
It's a good example for all of us. We come to church here Sunday after Sunday because we want the well experience. We don't know who is going to show up, you don't know who you're going to be sitting near, but every time we come in here Jesus says to us, “Please take off your shoes and socks. You are in a very sacred place. And my gifts are going to be revealed to you.”
If you realize that every time you gather in an assembly of believers, or sit quietly alone at prayer, if you hear the voice of Jesus you will never be condemned. You will always be loved. And that's what we celebrate.
So now as we share in the scrutiny with the elect of our parish and all parishes, and as we give them the Profession of Our Faith and ask them to pray this Profession of Faith and let it be theirs, may all of us realize - that this is the well. And Jesus is going to transform everything to his power.
Ann will now invite the group to come forward as we celebrate the scrutiny and the gift of the Creed.
Monsignor Michael Kuse is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy, Illinois.