The Living Water
Read John 4:1-26
"Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” - John 4:10
Reflection: The parable of Jesus and the Woman of Samaria, reminds us to step out of our comfort zone and view people the way Jesus does -- without judgement. With a lot of compassion, love and understanding, Jesus is able to cross all boundaries of discrimination and hatred.
For a number of reasons, Jesus was not even supposed to talk to the Samaritan woman whom he met at the well: 1. Jews were not supposed to speak with Samaritans. 2. Men could only talk to a married woman if her husband was around -- the woman had five failed marriages. 3. Faith leaders were not supposed to talk to "sinners" like her.
We've seen similar hostility, segregation and inequality in our own time. The U.S. has a long history of slavery, racial discrimination, oppressive immigration policies and wealth inequality that have prevented far too many people from living the lives they deserve.
Just as Jesus crossed boundaries in Samaria, we are called to cross boundaries of hatred and judgement as well. The parable challenges us to support and stand with the marginalized and oppressed, regardless of our differences.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for guidance. Help me see the suffering I overlook. Show me ways to serve my community well and build relationships with them.