When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.

John 4:40

This is the end of the Woman at the Well story in John. Jesus has met this Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well at noon. She is there because she’s run through five husbands and she’s not married to the sixth man she’s living with; no respectable woman wants to be seen with her, so she is alone in the middle of the day, a risky thing to do. She meets a man at this well and engages in conversation. She might be wondering where this will lead. He is not. 
Jesus talks to her cryptically. Talks about living water, and when he has her confused and combative, he tells her her life story. She is stunned. She gets so excited she puts down her water jug and hurries into town to spread what we now call The Good News. She is possibly the first to do so. Certainly the first to have a story written about her. 
Now something really mysterious happens: the towns people listen!  Why? Why would they bother listening to a woman with a poor reputation who is raving about the Messiah in the heat of the day???  I really do not know but I would offer that there was a great movement of the Spirit that day. It seems to me that the grace of God fell on her and on that town like the dove at the baptism of the Lord. The Spirit so filled that despised woman with the Good News that people listened and suddenly came out to hear for themselves.
It is our mission to do likewise. Hopefully we don’t have the obstacles the she faced but we do need to share the Good News to those with ears to hear. 
We have God’s work to do! Our Social Justice Commission needs members (Trisha Tinsley, https://www.st-therese.cc/73 ). The Stewardship Commission needs people to host the Welcome Counter before and after mass. We need a couple of photographers, and we need help with our Laudato Si’ at St T efforts to care for our grounds. Contact me at jvrussell85@gmail.com if you are interested in these efforts.
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Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More

“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about four reactions to the word: lacking understanding, falling away due to conflict, faith choked by worldly... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve,

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Last Sunday St Therese hosted a Vigil for Social Justice in our parking lot. It is now available on our Facebook page. Before I mention a bit... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Last week, Father and parish leadership published a letter about the twin crises that are facing our nation and community. The letter had three... Read More

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Saturday, June 20, 2020
In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many... Read More

"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the... Read More