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Welcome to St. John the Baptist Church

frlopezFROM THE DESK OF FR. SERGIO 

Dear Friends,

Early Christians gave a name to the woman at the well from today’s Gospel passage: Photina. It means “she who is enlightened” or “she who has received [the] light.” This follows the biblical tradition of bestowing names upon characters to help us understand their role — and ours — in experiencing God’s saving power. All of the evangelists, John in particular, make the characters who encounter Jesus prototypes for all of us. Like all of us, Photina doesn’t “get it” at first. It takes a dialogue with Jesus (in this case, a rather argumentative one) for her to admit who she is to herself, and for Jesus to help her discover where she might find the true streams of eternal, life - giving water. By the end of the encounter, she is enlightened. Her enlightenment is the reason the early church chose this as one of the Gospels always to be read for those newly seeking Christ, who will be enlightened and initiated in the new paschal light of the Easter Vigil.

Naming the woman at the well has fallen into disuse. In a way, especially for our society, naming things tends to be primarily about making them possessions. People name their pets, their houses, their cars, and soon. It was part of biblical naming tradition that giving or changing a name showed they were in God’s possession, but their new names were also chosen to imbue them with the reality of a changed or new direction in life. Most often, today we just name things to show our ownership. So it may be a good thing that we no longer name this woman, for her name could be any one of our names, male or female. She could be — she is — all of us. All of us, in baptism, are named for Christ. We are “christened” and through our life, we bear our most important name: Christian. Lent calls us back to that name, back to a renewed dialogue with Christ, that we might once again be enlightened by the grace of his truth and love.

BISHOP'S APPEAL 2017 IS HERE

Sergio López


PARISH COMMUNIAL RECONCILIATION SERVICE (March 29th) Lent

7:00 pm Confessions (Bilingual)

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Contact Info.

  • Address: 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA 94580
  • Phone: (510) 351-5050 
  • Fax: (510) 276-0397
  • Email info@stjohnsparishslz.org