Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” John 4:26
The story of the Samaritan woman concludes with Jesus’ assertion that he is the Messiah, the one who provides “living water” (v. 10). In his conversation with this woman, a member of a tribe with whom no Jew shares vessels, Jesus reveals his identity. That she has ears to hear him is based on his revelation to her of her life story, which she sees as prophetic. Her eyes and ears are opened to the truth of his identity as Messiah. The idea that Jesus has come to all, not just the Jews, is Good News. Despite the longstanding separation of Jews and Samaritans, the Samaritans will be forgiven, and the living water is available to them, through Jesus. Jesus comes not just as a prophet and healer, but as Savior.
At a time when we wonder how the divisions in our country will be healed, may we have faith that Jesus is our healer, hope and Savior. Discerning how we go about our Baptismal call to seek and serve Christ in all persons is our life’s work. In Lent, may we ponder what is ours to do. May the God of all hope inspire us and guide us, and may we have the faith to believe and to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Let us proclaim our faith in acts of charity and mercy, loving our neighbor as ourselves. May our eyes and ears be opened to the living Christ, and may our hands and feet work his will.
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis, The Book of Common Prayer, #62:
Lord, make us instruments of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.