Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Friday 17th March
So God in Jesus breaks the rules – the rules that people thought were His in the first place – but that it turned out we’d got a bit wrong. Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well, he asks for her help (something that many of us in church communities still really struggle with – simply asking for help when we need it) – and then Jesus goes a step further. This meeting isn’t just a quick story to show Jesus’ revolutionary credentials – it’s a true encounter – a complex dialogue. Jesus really listens to what the woman has to say about her faith, and he answers her in kind, speaking directly and with conviction of the nature of God the Father and his own nature as God’s Son. It is through this dialogue, this deep encounter, that the woman’s knowledge, what has been passed down to her by her ancestors, is transformed into relationship with the living God. It is Jesus’ presence, his attention, his listening, the building of relationship, which builds the bridge between tradition and living faith. It is our presence, our attention, our listening, and our building of relationships, which will enable our churches to grow in living faith.
Question: Can we speak easily to others about our faith? If we can’t, how can we develop that skill?
Prayer: Listening God, hear the cries of my heart today, for myself and for your world. In my busyness help me to be present to others, and to you. Amen.