I love this Sunday’s gospel story. Jesus is so wonderful, so kind, so amazingly loving and compassionate. Jesus approaches the Samaritan woman who had come to draw water from the well. Samaritans were despised by the Jews in those times. They were seen as second class citizens. Add to that the fact that she was (obviously) a woman, and the fact that she had multiple husbands or lovers. When the apostles came and saw Jesus speaking with this woman of ill repute, they were astonished. Jesus “calls her” on her sin- The woman is amazed that Jesus knew these things about her though the two had never met before. She begins to wonder if He is the Messiah because He could seemingly read her heart and mind. Though Jesus pulls no punches, He treats her with such tenderness and dignity. He asks her to do something for Him – to get Him a drink of water. A good Jew would never drink after a Samaritan. Jesus did not care about where she had come from or what she had done. He offered her a drink that would satisfy her eternally.
Because of Jesus’ mercy, the woman is transformed. She goes out to tell others about Him. Her life is forever changed. Others lives are forever changed.
Jesus offers the same for you and for me. It doesn’t matter where you have been, or what you have done. Jesus wants to transform your life. He knows your heart. He loves you so tenderly. He wants to take your sin, your mistakes, your hurt and transform you. Only He can offer the drink that truly satisfies. People nowadays are searching for Truth. They want to be fulfilled. They want lasting peace. Many are looking (like the woman at the well) in all the wrong places. The world will try to sell you a pack of lies. The happiness it offers is fleeting and short lived. Only God can fill our holes and heal our wounds. The world is looking for a Savior – they are looking for Jesus – they just might not know it yet. Let’s be like the woman, who filled with the love of Christ, went out to tell everyone she knew that Jesus is Lord and Savior!