Where do I get that living water?


Scripture     John 4: 5-42

Reading           

                            Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God,

                       and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’

                          you would have asked him,

                             and he would have given you living water.”

                                   The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep.

                            Where do you get that living water?


Reflection                              

samaritan_woman

 

This week, I suggest we do a visual meditation with this artist's presentation of the woman at the well story.

Please post your responses to this qauestion:  Where do I get that living water?

Carrying Grace        Drink deeply. 

 

Comments  

#7 eleanorw 2011-05-23 15:32
Many times in my life, I have felt unworthy. Only the look in the eyes of Jesus has been my comfort. To come to him lost, alone and afraid. To meet him in my mind's eye and see the beautiful eyes of tenderness and forgiveness. I come to him on bended knee and he raises my head up. He smiles and places his hand on my forehead and says "I forgive you." I am filled with his light and warmth and peace. My love is always enough for him.
#6 arletteh 2011-03-31 10:29
An examination of conscience during Lent: "Have I let God love me enough?" The remedy:"O God, O Mystery of Life, let me allow you to love me more and more!"
#5 Mark Dickinson 2011-03-28 01:46
... to renounce such thoughts and to choose to live more and more from my true identity as a cherished child of God."
May we all learn to love with the Love of Jesus!
#4 Mark Dickinson 2011-03-28 01:45
As Emmanuella says "this is such a touching [and beautiful] story". If ever we can see an example of the unconditional love of Jesus .. it is here, at the well.
Appropriate to this reflection, is a message from Henri Nouwen. Henri writes as follows:
"In my own life I well know how hard it is for me to trust that I am loved, and to trust that the intimacy I most crave is there for me. I most often live as if I have to earn love, do something noteworthy, and then perhaps I might get something in return. This attitude touches the whole question of what is called in the spiritual life, the "first love." Do I really believe that I am loved first, independent of what I do or what I accomplish? This is an important question because as long as I think that what I most need I have to earn, deserve and collect by hard work, I will never get what I most need and desire, which is a love that cannot be earned, but that is freely given. Thus, my return is my willingness to renounce such thoughts and to choose to live more and more from my true identity as a cherished child of God."
May we all love with the Love of Jesus!
#3 arletteh 2011-03-26 00:58
In the Hebrew Scriptures, one of the most powerful images of God's love for Israel, and for the individual, was that of Bridegroom and Bride.Here, Jesus has made a covenant,an eternal covenant, with the Samaritan woman.For Jesus, to do the will of the Father, is food."See how the fields are ripe for harvesting!" We, too, through deep love, are called to harvest the fields around us.
#2 arletteh 2011-03-26 00:53
of right worship leads to the mentioning of the Messiah. Jesus speaks the powerfully identifying name:"I AM!"As the disciples return from town,They seem to realize something profound has been happening and they ask no questions.The woman, now freed in spirit,leaves to tell her people her hopes that this may be the Messiah?They go to see and believe!In Israeli history, travellers(men) would on occasion come to the well, and ask a woman drawing water, for a drink.Marriages were created in this way:e.g.:Jacob and Rachel.
#1 arletteh 2011-03-26 00:37
This is so touching a story.The Samaritan woman comes to the well when no other woman was there.(they would usually go in groups early in the morning)It is noon and very hot. She is of a rejected people.Her most important relationships are in shambles.Jesus, also, is vulnerable. He is tired., and hot from his long walks. He sits down by the well,as the woman approaches, and rejecting all taboos,asks her for a drink.Her rejected status make her feel defensive.Jesus reaches deep into her soul:”If you knew….You would ask him for a drink.”The woman continues on the level of actuality:” You have no bucket,sir!”Jes us moves deeper into her longing heart: “The water I will give will become a spring within you.”.Sir, give me this water !”With that promise, Jesus can move closer into the area of her pain:” You have had five husbands.” This is getting a little too close for comfort! She sees Jesus can read her heart,and she changes the subject to a less personally threatening one. The question of right

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