Jesus talks to the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Reflection and Prayer from After the Ashes
Rev. Joseph Creedon
Just imagine the excitement the woman at the well felt at being accepted by Jesus. She lived in a small town, and she had been “married” five times. She went to the well at high noon because she knew she would be alone and would not have to endure the scornful stare of the neighbours. This day as she approaches the well, she discovers she is not alone. There is a man there, but she is not afraid because he is a Jew and she is a Samartian.
Jews and Samaritans do not speak. She is safe. But he does speak. He asks for water and draws her into conversation. He knows all about her, yet he still speaks to her. He respects her, and he listens intently, reminding her that is greater than all her faults. Touched by his love she runs back to town and shares her discovery – the Messiah is here now, come and see. We are all judgemental from time to time. We avoid people, we do not listen to them, we dismiss them as unimportant, as undesirable. Jesus is inviting us this Lent to take another look at our wold and the people we have dismissed or rejected and find a way to welcome them back into our lives.
Let us pray
Lord, God, you always approach us with open arms. You are ready to embrace us, to welcome us, and to make us feel at home. Your affirmation helps us not to become discouraged. Help us this Lent to relearn how to approach the world and one another with open arms and minds. Amen.
Practice for this week:
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well and met her where she was in her life. In this week ahead, try and meet people where they are at in their life.
Put yourself in their shoes for a moment and reflect on how it feels for them.
Don’t judge them but try to see the world from their point of view.
Then pray for the grace to grow into a deeper acceptance and understanding of them.
Try to be patient, kind, encouraging, helpful, caring and loving towards them.