Scripture: John 4:27-42
Key verses: (39-41) Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word.
Reflection: I love this story about the Samaritan woman. She is the first evangelist for Jesus’ message. We aren’t even told her name, but because of her testimony many people came to Jesus and believed. She was an outcast in her community. Some scholars have been quick to label her as a person with low morals. Many assume she was married 5 times; divorced 5 times and is currently living with someone out-of-wedlock. However, at that time, a woman couldn’t initiate a divorce. All her husbands may have died and with each marriage her worth as a person was diminished. Since women were property, she became less valuable the more times she married. But, without a man she wouldn’t have been able to survive very long in that culture. The man she is living with could have been a son, brother, uncle or other kind-hearted male family member who was willing to take her in. Sadly, we often assume the worst about her reputation. Circumstances – outside of her control – had put her in the position of being judged by others. Jesus’ acceptance, then, became all the more powerful. It changed her life! She had to go tell everyone.
When we have an encounter with Jesus in the places where we feel hurt and rejected, we can experience the same joy the Samaritan woman felt. She was offered living water to satisfy her thirst. Jesus makes the same offer to us. And, when we accept his offer, he will use us to lead people to him so that they might know that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
Prayer: Merciful God, we give thanks for the living water you offer us. We are grateful that even though you know everything about us, you still love us. We give thanks that you know everything we have ever done – good or bad. We are humbled by your abiding presence and understanding. Be with us through every heartache and disappointment; free us from the things that are holding us back; and, help us share your love with others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].