Discrimination. 3rd Sunday of Lent A. Having been active in the liberation struggle in South Africa Fr Sylvester was conscious of discrimination So he began by asking, “Should Jesus have spoken to the Samaritan woman? Today that might seem OK, but in Jesus’ day Jews did not speak to Samaritans, or men to women in public and certainly not women with a bad reputation. Jesus rejects norms and treats the woman with respect. Is it just to judge others who are different? Let’s face it there is discrimination in parishes and families against gay men and lesbian women whether they choose to form a same sex union or not How should we handle that?
The woman said to him, “Give me this water that I may not thirst. Just then the disciples came. They marvelled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “Why are you talking with her?” John 4:5-42
Pope Francis: A pastoral approach, towards those in a civil marriage, who are divorced and remarried or living together, gives the Church the responsibility to help them understand the teaching of grace and offering them assistance so they can reach the fullness of God’s plan for them. The baptised who are divorced and civilly remarried need to be more fully integrated into Christian communities in the variety of ways possible, while avoiding any occasion of scandal. AL 298-9