April 16

Reflection

How can you, a Jew, ask me a Samaritan woman for a drink?
John 4:5-4 

Jesus broke through the rigid laws and prejudices of the time. He saw not a woman from a despised race but a person who had basic goodness and the potential to be a disciple. He made a simple request:” Give me a drink”. She was astonished but strong enough to challenge him and then there followed an amazing conversation of mutual self-revelation. Race, religion, culture and gender were irrelevant. Compassion and love broke through and the promise of the living water of God’s Spirit was offered. Elated and fired with enthusiasm she became a messenger of truth. “Come and see” she told her neighbors and they did. Not only that, but they invited him to stay with them and he visited with them for two days.

Prayer

May I not to judge others on the basis of bias and appearance.

Action

Do I take the gospel seriously enough to reflect it and cause others to explore what it means? How can I do that?

Suggested Reading

The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”
Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”
John 4:5-42 

I run
With the living water!
I run with the good news entrusted to me—
First witness of the Christ
Amongst us
Who broke the rules of exclusion,
Who dared to speak to a woman,
Who asked a favor from such as me,
Then chose me
The rejected one,
Chose me
The sinner,
Chose me
The woman to run, oh, so filled up,
With such good news.
Soul Sisters, Edwina Gately

The Samaritan woman grasped what He said with fervor that came from an awareness of her real need. The transaction was fascinating. She had come with a bucket. He sent her back with a spring of living water. She had come as a reject. He sent her back being accepted by God Himself. She came wounded. He sent her back whole. She came laden with questions. He sent her back as a source for answers. She came living a life of quiet desperation. She ran back overflowing with hope. The disciples missed it all. It was lunchtime for them.”  Ravi Zacharias

Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It’s a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.
Sarah Dessen

It is quite clear that between love and understanding there is a very close link…He who loves understands, and he who understands loves. One who feels understood feels loved, and one who feels loved feels sure of being understood.
Paul Tournier

Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
Phillips Brooks

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.
Stephen Covey

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

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