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Jesus Talks to a Woman at the Well

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John 4:5–42
 
Samaritan Woman and Jesus
 
In this encounter with the woman at the well (a Samaritan), Jesus is described in very human terms, sitting at the well, exhausted from his journey.  The woman too is very human.  Her appearance at the well at about noon, long after the other village women would have replenished their water supply, may indicate her isolated position in society.  
 
She was shunned for her many sins.  Yet it is she who becomes a missionary to her people.
 
Jewish/Samaritan relations were historically condition.  About 722 BC the Assyrian army descended on Northern Israel, took its population into exile and colonised its land with foreigners.  These people partially adopted Israel’s religion over the centuries but were always viewed by the Jews as hated, semi-pagan invaders.
 
The woman was therefore very surprised when Jesus spoke to her, and even more astonished when he asked her for a drink, since Jews did not share food or drink with Samaritans for fear of ritual defilement.
 
Water becomes the sign by which both baptism and faith are epxlained to us.  Water is the means, but the Holy Spirit flowing into us is the reality.  There is a vital connection between the flowing of water and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
 
The “living water” of which Jesus speaks brings not only awareness of her sin to the woman but forgiveness – hope in the presence of Jesus as the Messiah and faith in his words.
 
The water that Jesus offers is not something that human effort can obtain.  It is a pure gift from God, water which, when drunk, becomes within a spring of life.  Jesus is referring in the first place to his own words of salvation, words that are spirit and life, because whoever listens to them and lives by them will continue to share in God’s life.
 
The water has a deeper meaning as a symbol of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38–39).  The Spirit enables us to understand the words of Jesus and to respond to them with a willing heart.
 
The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God's desire for us. Whether we realise it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.  (CCC 2560)
 
 
Chris
 
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Jesus is God, Lord and Creator

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Mark 4:35-41
Jesus and disciples in a small boat with sails in a storm and rough sea.

Jesus calmed the storm that was terrifying the disciples; everything is possible with God.  But this could be the same for the storms in our own lives, so trust the Lord to care for you.

God loves us more than we love ourselves.  God knows us more than we know ourselves.  God knows every worry, every anxiety, every overarching concern which cause us to be buffeted by the tumultuous waves of life.

The Holy Spirit is at work in us to convince us that “neither death, nor life, nor angles, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38-39)
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