Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014
Jesus offers her water that will keep her from ever being thirsty again. He offers her water that will make a spring within her that will provide her with endless life/ The Samaritan woman says to him, “Where do you get that living water?”
She gets it.
The disciples say to him, “Rabbi, eat/ Aren’t you going to eat?” Jesus says to them, “I have food to eat you know nothing about.” The disciples say, “Who could have brought him food?” Jesus says, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started” (John 4.31–34, The Message).
They don’t get it.
- Why is it that we get so hung up on conventions that we don’t see opportunities to reach out and offer the life-giving promises of God?
- Why are we content to be polite when we could be compassionate?
- Why is it that we get distracted from the real, spiritual work of discipleship by the busy work of survival?
The Samaritan woman doesn’t have the faintest idea who he is at first, yet in a short time she abandons her work and the water she needs, to go and tell others about Jesus. She doesn’t stop to think about consequences or whether anyone will really believe her. She just goes for it. She cannot keep it in. The living water is already bubbling up inside of her, and she has barely tasted it!
The disciples don’t have the faintest idea who he is yet, after all this time with him. They are so concerned with serving him, that they often fail to understand how he wants them to serve.
Staci Marrese-Wheeler, pastor, Lakeview Moravian Church, Madison, Wisconsin