So often we think of the resurrection of Christ as primarily a promise of our own resurrection from the dead. Since we fail to see our human condition as it really is, we fail to understand how Christ wants to free us in our lives today. If we don't understand our condition and the battle we are in, how can we understand the freedom Christ wishes to bring about in us?
When Adam sinned, he and all of his descendants had contracted a debt and had to battle Satan to free themselves, but since the sin was infinite, mankind could never get himself out of debt to Satan.
Holy Week is holy because Christ made it holy that we might become holy. As French philosopher and Dominican priest Father Antonin Sertillanges once said, "The triumph of Jesus on Palm Sunday was actually a march toward Calvary, and He knew it. Thus, the triumph of the Christian to baptism, confirmation, first Communion, marriage, the priesthood or religious profession (and the single life) is and ought to be a march to Calvary.
The New Testament readings for the fourth Sunday of Lent are all about light. Paul mentions the term light six times. He tells us "light produces every kind of goodness, righteousness and truth."
In the physical world, darkness causes us to fear the unknown, to stumble, to sometimes crash into objects, become totally disoriented and lost. If we unknowingly stumble into a deep pit or step off a high cliff, we probably will crash to our death.
The story of Christ meeting the Samaritan woman at the well is your story and my story. It is a love story. In the Old Testament, wells have nuptial significance. Isaac's wife, Rebecca, was found at a well. His son, Jacob, met his wife, Rachael, at a well. Moses also first encountered his wife, Zipporah, by a well.
St. Augustine tells us that the Samaritan woman in Sunday's Gospel stands for the Church. Christ went to the well to meet His bride, the Church.
All three readings for the second Sunday of Lent suggest that God is offering to uproot man from his past and his present in order to offer him a more glorious future. It all begins with Abraham.
Abraham is apparently happy with the land he inherited. After all, he is 75 years old and well established in his habits and in his society. Yet God is not satisfied, because He wants Abraham to be part of a much larger plan that He has in mind for all mankind.