Sunday's reading was jam packed with so much goodness that it's hard to know where to start! I'm going to start here...close your eyes and imagine you are the Samaritan woman approaching the well (blokes you can do this too). You are there, in the heat of the middle of the day, when no one else is around so that you can avoid offending anyone by your presence. A man you have never met before, Jesus, is sitting there by the well and as you draw water he says to you: 'give me a drink'.
How do you react?
Are you like the woman, overcome with disbelief that Jesus would even speak to you? Let alone ask something of you?
This for me sums up my faith journey. Jesus coming to me when and how I least expect it, amidst my shame, asking me to sit with Him, to serve Him, to let Him minister to me and asking me to go tell others about Him. How many times do we encounter people and think: 'if they really knew me...' If they really knew me they would not want to be friends with me; they would not think I'm capable enough to do the job; they would not respect me; they would judge me; they would not be able to forgive me; or worst yet... they would not love me. Christ shows us in this encounter with the Samaritan woman that we do not need to carry these fears. He says to us, I know you, I will sustain you and I need you.
Fancy that! God needing us! He needs us to be His hands and feet and He knows that we need to be sustained for this mission. He promises us that He will provide for us as He promises the Samaritan woman: 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'
So this lent I am taking to time to sit with God, understand that He knows me explicitly, loves me, calls me to do His work and that He will give me all I need to do so.