Pondering for Thursday, January 23, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Thursday in the Week of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2

Psalm 37:1-18; Psalm 37:19-42 Gen. 11:1-9; Heb. 6:13-20; John 4:1-15

“A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) (John 4:7 – 9)

Many of Jesus’ teaching actions as well as miracle stories take place with people outside of the Israeli people.  In this particular case the woman at the well is not only a Samaritan, she is also a woman who may not be liked in her own community. 

It seems Jesus had to be free of his cohorts in order to have this exchange.  They might have interfered.  We’ve seen where the apostles wanted to send hungry people home rather than feed them; keep children away from Jesus, stop a blind man that needed our Lord Jesus, and other such instances where the apostles tried to “protect” Jesus.  Jesus, nor we, need protection from people just because they are different from us.  That is, they are not the same sex, orientation, nationality, language, so called race, religious affiliation or political stripe. But like Jesus, we might have to get away from our regular crowd of influencers in order to be honest with others, and with ourselves.

When we hear a stranger ask him or herself how it is that we will be with them given that we are so different? We know then that we’ve made it.  Thank You Lord Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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