I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

My reflections for Sunday, February 24 John 4:5-15, 19-26b, 39a, 40-42 Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

My reflections:
During those days the Jews regarded the Samaritan women as ritually impure and any contact with a Samaritan was looked upon with disapproval by the Jews.

The gospel story’s setting is at Jacob’s well, it revolves around Jesus who is Jew and a Samaritan woman. It was expected that Jesus will avoid the woman but he did an extra-ordinary gesture when he went to the woman and asked her to give him water (give me a drink). The woman was very surprised and she said: "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

The woman went there to get water and quench her thirst. But she got more than that she got Jesus instead because she accepted what he has told her: "Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

The secret to the woman’s salvation was her acceptance of what Jesus has told her. Because of that Jesus revealed more of himself to the woman: Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking with you."

The Samaritan woman’s narrative is a mirror image of our sinful lives. Our being sinful makes us impure but like what happened at Jacob’s well, Jesus will always be there thirsting to cleanse us of our sins.

Are we willing to meet Jesus and be cleansed from our sins through the Sacrament of Reconcilliation/Confession?

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