Saturday, March 22, 2014
a woman at the well
Good afternoon sisters and brothers,
Today's reading picks up where we left off. Jesus is in a Samaritan village and he asks a woman he meets at the well to give him a drink as she's getting water. Since Jews and Samaritans had a troubled history with little contact and a lot of resentment on both sides, she's surprised. This unusual conversation has far reaching results, as we'll see today and tomorrow.
This is an especially good passage for today, since today is world water day, a day to think about how we use our water resources. There's an emerging conversation in our area about the way our water consumption, especially bottled water, relates to issues of water and sustainability world wide. Talk with Allison Clarke at Calvary St. Andrews if you'd like to learn more.
9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus 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.”
11The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”