Scripture: John 4:27-42
Key verse: (29) “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”
Reflection: Seeing is believing, goes the saying. But believing can occasionally overrule what our vision tells us. This can’t be real — says the Samaritan woman at the well, talking with Jesus. Jewish men did not just chat with women in the middle of the day. Jewish men did not interact with Samaritans. So what her eyes told her was that a Jewish man was talking with her — not just talking, but actually having a deep conversation about spiritual things. He actually understood her. These things don’t happen, do they?
But Jesus’ compassion, gentleness, and hospitality was visible even as they contradicted what she had always believed. So what should she go with: what she believed or what she saw and experienced? Should she break with the wisdom and warnings of culture and tradition and accept the presence of Jesus as a life transforming moment?
Her eyes could see. Her heart wanted to move from believing to what she was seeing. She invited others to join her: come and see for yourselves. This man can’t really be the one we have hoped for, can he?
Does Jesus conform to your beliefs or does Jesus transform them? He can’t be the Messiah, can he? Come and see.
Prayer: Open our eyes and our hearts, O God, that our lives might be shaped and formed not by what we have known but by what we see in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].