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The Third Sunday of Lent - Year A Exodus 17.1–7
Romans 5.1–11
John 4.5–42

John’s great sprawling story (what an excellent move to have some of Jesus’ Johannine encounters in full during Lent) offers food for thought at every level. The antipathy between Jews and Samaritans was not just a cold standoff: then as now, if you travelled through Samaria from the Dead Sea region to Galilee, you could expect trouble. Josephus tells of violent riots, a few years after Jesus’ time, when Jewish pilgrims tried to make the journey. Try telling someone in the Middle East today that, while ‘salvation is...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year A by N T Wright

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