A Chat by a Well

St. John wants us to feel part of stories he tells about Jesus.  Last week it was a curious Pharisee who came to Jesus in the cover of nighttime to talk with him.   Today, it’s a woman Jesus invites into a conversation.  There they are—just the two of them—at an ancient well which goes back to the time of Jacob, grandson of Abraham. But we need to know something: at that time, men weren’t supposed to chat with women in public…especially when they were Samaritans—neighbors who hated each other.

So come into the story as another person who joins the conversation. Listen. Notice how Jesus will take the woman and you to hear things about water in new ways—far beyond actual water, Jesus will tell you about a new kind of water.

Here’s an idea.  Before you read, sit quietly so that you can get ready to imagine the scene.  Have a pencil and pad—or better yet, your journal—right near by.  As the conversation gets going, join in with you own thoughts and feelings…and then listen to what Jesus and maybe the woman, say back to you! 

John 4:5-42

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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