March 23

Reflection

Will you give me a drink?
John 4:7

We don’t know her name or age, but her conversation with Jesus is his longest one-on-one talk recorded in Scripture. When she appeared by the well with a clay jar in her hand, Jesus made a simple request,“Will you give me a drink?” Jews weren’t supposed to speak to Samaritans. Men weren’t permitted to address women without their husbands present. Rabbis did not speak to women publically. Jesus was willing to avoid the rules, but the woman wasn’t. “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman,” she reminded him. “How can you ask me for a drink? She focused on the law; Jesus focused on grace. The woman at the well did her best to end the conversation. “When the Messiah comes, he will explain everything to us.”   She must have been stunned at Jesus’ revelation: “I who speak to you am he”  Overjoyed, she went back into town to urge her neighbors, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” In these situations, our response is the same. We confront our true selves, experience God’s grace, and share the good news.

Prayer

May I be open to the truth.

Action

Reflect on whether you are bound by law or open to grace. Are you willing to take the risk of self-knowledge?

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 speaking with you.”
At that moment his disciples returned,
and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
but still no one said, “What are you looking for?”
or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar
and went into the town and said to the people,
“Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?”
John 4:5-42

People change when they hurt enough they have to change, learn enough they want to change, receive enough and are able to change.
Tim Goad

It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding.
Bede Griffiths

To say, “I’ve been converted and that’s that,” is to say you have decided to quit growing. If life is about anything, it is about growing. The day I quit changing and learning is the day I die.
 Steve Goodier

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Thomas Carlyle

I believe God gives you the grace to do what you need to do.
Joel Osteen

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