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Reflections on the samaritan woman at the well

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In an article first published in The Irish Catholic, Brendan Comerford finds lenten inspiration in the Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well outside Sychar. I can never resist the temptation to do so since the Gospel reading for The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A, is the marvellous story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well John If someone were to ask you what is your image of Jesus, what would you say? When I think about that question in times of prayer, I invariably come back to this scene of Jesus with this woman. I find something very human about a Jesus who is literally exhausted from walking and most likely ministering to the crowds.

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Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men.

The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives. God values us enough to actively seek us, to welcome us to intimacy, and to rejoice in our worship. To be wanted, to be cared for when no one, not even herself, could see anything of value in her—this is grace indeed. But there are many other valuable truths we glean from this story. John And because of his words many more became believers. Living water can be obtained only by those who recognize that they are spiritually thirsty.

Before this immoral woman could embrace the Savior, she had to concede the full burden of her sins. For the absolute truth is that salvation is found in no one else John ; Acts Share this page on:. Find Out How to All rights reserved. Privacy Policy This page last updated: January 2,

In Truth and Charity: The woman at the well

The story of the woman at the well is one of the most well known in the Bible; many Christians can easily tell a summary of it. On its surface, the story chronicles ethnic prejudice and a woman shunned by her community. But take look deeper, and you'll realize it reveals a great deal about Jesus' character. Above all, the story, which unfolds in John , suggests that Jesus is a loving and accepting God, and we should follow his example. The story begins as Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem in the south to Galilee in the north.

This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent, we will hear in the Gospel the story of the encounter and conversation of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. I invite you to think about the thirst of Jesus and the thirst of the woman in the Gospel, representing also our thirst, the thirst of our souls. On the surface, Jesus was naturally thirsty.

What makes this world so lovely is that somewhere it hides a well. I think it comes at a perfect time as after a few weeks of our Lenten journey, we are certainly in need of a well! She is a Samaritan, a race of people the Jews utterly despise as having no claim on their God…and she is also an outcast, one who is looked down upon by her own people. She comes alone in the heat of the day to draw water from the community well. This is unusual as drawing water and chatting at the well early in the day is the social highpoint for most other women.

The Samaritan Woman

Throughout the gospels in the New Testament, there are many stories about encounters between Jesus and seemingly random people. I often study these scriptures and sometimes, commentaries in an attempt to extract meaning from these brief exchanges. One of the encounters is between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, who is often referred to as the woman at the well. The disciples seem to have disappeared for a while and so Jesus goes to the well by himself to get a drink of water. There he encounters a woman with whom he has an unusual conversation. She seems to know a lot about spiritual practices and beliefs, including the promise of a Messiah. As they talk, Jesus reveals himself as the Messiah and offers water that satisfies all thirstiness. In the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, we see how conversation sparks transformation.

Gospel Reflection

Jesus, tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Last night, after we sisters had shared together on the Gospel which we just heard, I was led to change my opening reflection today to include the following questions one of my sisters posed to us sisters, and now to us today: What do we bring to the well? An empty vessel? Our weariness? A hungry heart?

This Samaritan woman goes to the well in the heat of the day most likely because she wanted to avoid running into others who would look on her as a tainted woman. She is surprised to encounter a man, and even more a Jewish man, who initiates a conversation with her.

Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men.

Woman at the Well: A Story of a Loving God

This reflection on John considers how Jesus values the people scorned by others, in this instance a Samaritan Woman. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. It was about noon. Where do you get that living water?

Sometimes, new terminology has a greater force than the words we may have become so used to hearing that not only lose their desired effect but can even be counterproductive when used. This is spiritually revolutionary because the message of Jesus proves to issue from personally encountering him and not vice versa, as you would expect. Jesus informs her that true worship is not physical but spiritual. This means that authentic external ritual flows from the interiority of his followers as an expression of uncontainable goodness; loving becoming the only way of expressing the internal satisfaction of being completely and unendingly loved. Church, rite, ritual and even faith are never the cause but consequence or response to this interior Encounter. The more in love a person is the greater and more beautifully that person will show it — even running uncontrollably toward the eccentric and superfluous.

Third Sunday of Lent: The Woman at the Well

Augustine here reflects on the famous conversation in the Gospel of John between Jesus and the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. He sees her as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and who are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance. A woman came. She is a symbol of the Church not yet made righteous. Righteousness follows from the conversation. She came in ignorance, she found Christ, and he enters into conversation with her.

Apr 3, - “Jesus I know we're not supposed to speak but I want to talk with you.” “Draw me some water from the well, I am thirsty”, He says. I give him water.

Posted on March 13, Updated on March 13, Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

Reflection on Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman

From a talk given at St. Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.

3rd Sunday of Lent: Woman At The Well

During the six weeks of Lent , Bishop Donal McKeown invites us, as individuals, as families and parish faith communities of the Diocese of Derry, to use the six Sunday Gospels of Lent to look at the life of service to which God is calling all of us, as the disciples of Jesus. Priests and parishioners of the diocese are asked to create opportunities in their parish for discussion of each Gospel reflection. The parish conversation may take place over a cup of tea after Mass, it might take place after a Weekday Mass, it might be in the form of a more structured discussion perhaps put together by the Parish Pastoral Council. It could be a case of handing out flyers at Mass with the discussion points, so that families can discuss them at home.

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The Woman at the Well: How Transformation Happens

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  1. Nikorisar

    The authoritative message :), is tempting...

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