Reflection on the samaritan woman at the well
This Samaritan woman goes to the well in the heat of the day most likely because she wanted to avoid running into others who would look on her as a tainted woman. She is surprised to encounter a man, and even more a Jewish man, who initiates a conversation with her. She was already vulnerable because of her past and when she meets this man, Jesus, she could immediately recognize his acceptance. So she is comfortable enough to offer him a drink of water.
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The Samaritan Woman
Posted on March 13, Updated on March 13, Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink? Jesus replied:. Are you a greater man than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle? You spoke the truth there. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know: for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour will come — in fact it is here already — when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants.
God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. Have you not got a saying: Four months and then the harvest? Well, I tell you: Look around you, look at the fields; already they are white, ready for harvest!
Already the reaper is being paid his wages, already he is bringing in the grain for eternal life, and thus sower and reaper rejoice together. For here the proverb holds good: one sows, another reaps; I sent you to reap a harvest you had not worked for. Others worked for it; and you have come into the rewards of their trouble. At the end of the gospel story for this Sunday, the woman goes into town to tell everyone what the Lord has done for her. There was a sharing of life-stories, and for the woman a great sense of being accepted, the foreigner in the town.
Sharing our faith story and the story of our relationship with Jesus, and with the Divine, hits the heart.
We can share truths about Jesus, or share about what the gospel might demand, but that will not lead to a change of heart in ourselves and those who hear us. Witness is what moves people. What each of us, and what we do reflects our faith-life. Sharing about our prayer, our love of God, our doubts and difficulties, move us. Our young people are influenced by what they see of their elders in faith, not only by what we say.
They can put up with weaknesses and faults, if people are sincere. As with Jesus and the woman, he did not expect perfection, but an open heart. In prayer we get to know Jesus in our heart.
We can read the gospel and see what sort of person he is. The woman of Samaria was changed by her meeting with the Lord; her account of this would bring change to others.
Often the people we least expect give us a new look on our faith. A good booklet for Lent — praying in the Ignatian tradition. Recall a person whose faith-story influenced you. Be grateful! Lord, make my heart like your heart. Save Save. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
Woman at the Well: A Story of a Loving God
From a talk given at St. Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Sometimes, new terminology has a greater force than the words we may have become so used to hearing that not only lose their desired effect but can even be counterproductive when used. This is spiritually revolutionary because the message of Jesus proves to issue from personally encountering him and not vice versa, as you would expect. Jesus informs her that true worship is not physical but spiritual. This means that authentic external ritual flows from the interiority of his followers as an expression of uncontainable goodness; loving becoming the only way of expressing the internal satisfaction of being completely and unendingly loved. Church, rite, ritual and even faith are never the cause but consequence or response to this interior Encounter.
Reflection on the Gospel: The Samaritan Woman at the Well
The story of the woman at the well is one of the most well known in the Bible; many Christians can easily tell a summary of it. On its surface, the story chronicles ethnic prejudice and a woman shunned by her community. But take look deeper, and you'll realize it reveals a great deal about Jesus' character. Above all, the story, which unfolds in John , suggests that Jesus is a loving and accepting God, and we should follow his example. The story begins as Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem in the south to Galilee in the north. To make their journey shorter, they take the quickest route, through Samaria. Tired and thirsty, Jesus sat by Jacob's well while his disciples went to the village of Sychar, roughly a half-mile away, to buy food. It was about noon, the hottest part of the day, and a Samaritan woman came to the well at this inconvenient time to draw water. During his encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus broke three Jewish customs.
Lenten Reflection – Jesus & the Samaritan Woman
During the six weeks of Lent , Bishop Donal McKeown invites us, as individuals, as families and parish faith communities of the Diocese of Derry, to use the six Sunday Gospels of Lent to look at the life of service to which God is calling all of us, as the disciples of Jesus. Priests and parishioners of the diocese are asked to create opportunities in their parish for discussion of each Gospel reflection. The parish conversation may take place over a cup of tea after Mass, it might take place after a Weekday Mass, it might be in the form of a more structured discussion perhaps put together by the Parish Pastoral Council. It could be a case of handing out flyers at Mass with the discussion points, so that families can discuss them at home.
Augustine here reflects on the famous conversation in the Gospel of John between Jesus and the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. He sees her as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and who are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance. A woman came.
In an article first published in The Irish Catholic, Brendan Comerford finds lenten inspiration in the Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well outside Sychar. I can never resist the temptation to do so since the Gospel reading for The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A, is the marvellous story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well John If someone were to ask you what is your image of Jesus, what would you say?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well part I
Third Sunday of Lent: The Woman at the Well
Reflection on Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman