5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 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.)[a] 10 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.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” John 4:5-14 NRSV
In today’s reading from John’s Gospel, we read of well-known story of Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman. The woman is something of an outcast in her community, possibly not scholarly at all. But there is a very important spiritual point here :The gospel is for all people, in all places, no matter what your standing in life is, and all times. Christ can reach each person exactly where he or she needs to be reached. For this woman, it was here, at Jacob’s well.
Let us pray together – Loving and Giving God – we come before you as a thirsty people – not for the physical “water” that we have here on earth, the water of life and of truth found in Your Word and in the Good News of Your Son Jesus – brought into the world to take the sins off of us and onto Him, so that death is conquered once and for all ! We pray all this in Your Son’s glorious Name. Amen
Yours in Christ , Rollie