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Monday, April 7, 2014
Scripture Reading: John 4:5–15
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The 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.) 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.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but 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.” The 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.” (NRSV)
The woman in this passage is simply drawing water from the neighborhood well, essentially the biblical version of today’s water cooler or even the coffee shop. She may be expecting a casual conversation with a friend or perhaps a moment of solitude. Yet Jesus chooses this everyday moment to describe God’s message, begging the question: Where am I when Jesus speaks to me? What am I doing when he does?
At the well, the woman cannot believe that Jesus would choose to want water from her, a Samaritan. The woman is also amazed that Jesus would come to the well without a bucket and perceives him to be unprepared. Yet when Jesus describes God’s message, the woman is immediately compelled to put aside her urgent task of drawing water to sustain her earthly life and to ask for the water Jesus describes.
I know in some ways that I am like the woman is this story. I, too, spend much time focused on seemingly urgent “earthly” activities. I, too, sometimes wonder why God would choose me. I, too, sometimes view myself or others as unprepared for the task at hand. So I hope that I can also be like the woman and see past my everyday tasks to hear Jesus’ message through the noise.
Dear God, please help me use this Lenten season to see you more clearly, follow you more nearly, love you more dearly, and to learn to drink the living water you provide. Amen.
Written by Allison Youngblood, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
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