Ever since the fall into sin, a battle has been fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil. During the season of Lent, we follow Christ as he willingly takes up that battle as our substitute and representative. Today we see our Conquering hero relieve guilt at a well.
The Christian trusts God to provide. The Prayer of the Day summarizes this Sunday:
God reveals his mighty power chiefly in showing mercy and kindness.
God feeds hungry mouths and hungry souls with his gifts of grace.
When we bring our problems to Jesus, he will richly supply all we need.
The love of God who lives in us leads to a life of obedience. Jesus' promise of another
Counselor is a loaded one: the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do what Jesus asks. This Sunday's lessons teach that love for our risen Lord means obedience to his commands. Only Jesus' promises make that possible. The Prayer of the Day sets the tone: "Put your Spirit in us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good . . . "