Greetings on this the Third Sunday of Lent
Readings: EX 17:3-7; PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; ROM 5:1-2, 5-8; JN 4:5-42
What s the binding problem that all suffer from in these readings today?
- The elders of Israel at the place called Massah and Meribah;
- His disciples; and
- The Samaritans of that town, Sychar?
Each of them were bound to their own idea of what to do, where to worship, the way to think of others and way to find God.
Each was trapped in their own context.
The Israelites and their Elders of the Exodus event were trapped in their desire for food and water. Ordinary elemental things became more important than relationship with the Lord. Moses satisfied the immediate need but that need was far deeper and more misdirected and there was no resolution. They simply complained and complained.
His Disciples / Apostles were just as self-absorbed. They couldn’t imagine why Jesus would talk to the Samaritan woman. She was Samaritan and a woman. If he wanted water or food he could have asked them not her. They were completely focused on themselves and their standing.
The men of the City of Sychar were just as self-absorbed. These Samaritans were begrudged and unwilling to hear out the woman but not for the truth but for the curiosity. Even after allowing Jesus to witness to them they refused to see her and her witness as valuable. One can say here that they barely made room for Jesus but to stay for two more days. They placed Jesus into a box too, along with their faith traditions.
Every other person gave Jesus very little time nor attention and most of all they did not bask and soak in the dialog with the Messiah.
The Woman Basks In the Love
It is the Samaritan woman who basked and soaked in the dialog with Jesus. Together they dive deeply into the worries, hopes and promises she holds. They discuss the deepest aspects of her personal life (one man without benefit of marriage), faith life (5 false gods), ancient traditions (sacredness of Jacob’s well as a driving tradition), and the division between Samaritans and the Jews.
Their conversation was far, wide and deep into her faith, culture and behavior. The five husbands or five gods of the Assyrians or Babylonians are no there’re ‘husbands’ but the false faith traditions. The ‘one you live with’ is her unmarried partner. Summer Study on the Gospel of John for a deeper look Page: https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/home/summer-gospel/ Site: https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/
Jesus is able to bring her and through her also us to a more sustainable and holy thought.
Worship must be in truth and spirit. It isn’t a place as much as a relationship. It isn’t a rubric of format as much as a spirit of trust and truthfulness – in the seeking and in the listening.
The woman chose what we must choose. To have the truthful and open spirit before God, talking, listening and immersing into the infinite presence.
Then and only then will the living water not simply flow over us and then away from us… but into us and persisting within us because we invite the Living One to stay with us.
Put it Down
Put down your water jar.
Sit and immerse yourself in Jesus.
Peace be with you,