Sunday 15 March 2020
Exodus 17:3-7. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts – Psalm 94(95):1-2, 6-9. Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. John 4:5-42.
A spring of water welling up to eternal life
John’s Gospel reading sees Jesus in conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well. Throughout this story, Jesus is seen as transcending earthly boundaries – between sexes, between cultures, between religious beliefs, and ultimately between our world and God’s. When questioned by the Samaritan woman, Jesus points to a time when people will worship not in the mountains or Jerusalem but in ‘the Spirit and in truth’. He has come to bring all people, not just Jewish people, to God. Following her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman becomes one of the first to preach the Good News of Christ, helping bring many new followers to Christ.
May we, too, be transformed by our encounter with Christ, so that we might transcend the boundaries that hold us back. We pray especially that more women might be empowered to preach the Good News of Christ in their communities.