March 17, 2013: “All’s Well That Ends Well”

Posted on : Mar 14th, 2013 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

For Reflection

Is a place “holy” because of some intrinsic attribute within it? When we think of mystical sites like Stonehenge, this seems to be the case. These are sometimes called “thin places,” where the boundary between worlds is less substantial, so you can sense the divine more readily.

But what about other places that don’t seem special at all? What about areas of the everyday; can they, too, feel “holy,” not because of what or where they are, but because of your experience there? What if you met Jesus on your daily commute? Or at the local park? At your dining room table? Would that place now hold deeper meaning to you? What happens when we have a God-moment in an unexpected place? Does that place become holy, or is it just our experience of it?

When the woman in this week’s gospel lesson meets Jesus at the well, her life is forever changed. She was going about her normal routine, getting water for the day, when suddenly, she had an encounter that shook her to the core and opened her up to love. She was not visiting some shrine or going to church; she was at the well, the normal, everyday well.

Where are our wells? How has Jesus surprised us? How will we continue to be surprised by the presence of God?

Lenten Blessings,

Bear Waters

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

John 4: 1-30

A Woman of Samaria Meets Jesus at Jacob’s Well

Jesus stopped at Sychar, a town in Samaria, near the tract of land Jacob had given to his son Joseph, and Jacob’s Well was there.  Jesus, weary from the journey, came and sat by the well.  It was around noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” The disciples had gone off to the town to buy provisions.

The Samaritan woman replied, “You’re a Jew. How can you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?” — since Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans.

Jesus answered, “If only you recognized God’s gift, and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him for a drink instead, and he would have given you living water.”

“If you please,” she challenged Jesus, “you don’t have a bucket and this well is deep. Where do you expect to get this ‘living water’? Surely you don’t pretend to be greater than our ancestors Leah and Rachel and Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it with their descendants and flocks?”

Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give them will never be thirsty; no, the water I give will become fountains within them, springing up to provide eternal life.”

The woman said to Jesus, “Give me this water so that I won’t grow thirsty and have to keep coming all the way here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband and then come back here.”

“I don’t have a husband,” replied the woman.

“You’re right — you don’t have a husband!” Jesus exclaimed. “The fact is, you’ve had five, and the man you‘re living with now is not your husband. So what you’ve said is quite true.”

“I can see that you’re a prophet,” answered the woman. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you people claim that Jerusalem is the place where God ought to be worshiped.”

Jesus told her, “Believe me, the hour is coming when you’ll worship God neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You people worship what you don’t understand; we worship what we do understand – after all, salvation is from the Jewish people. Yet the hour is coming — and is already here — when real worshipers will worship God in Spirit and truth. Indeed, it is just such worshipers whom God seeks. God is Spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said to Jesus, “I know that the Messiah – the Anointed One — is coming, and will tell us everything.”

Jesus replied, “I who speak to you am the Messiah.”

The disciples, returning at this point, were shocked to find Jesus having a private conversation with a woman. But no one dared to ask, “What do you want of him?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

The woman then left her water jar and went off into the town. She said to the people, “Come and see someone who told me everything I have ever done! Could this be the Messiah?” At that, everyone set out from town to meet Jesus.

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