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Homily on the woman at the well

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By Dr. Philip W. McLarty The story of the woman at the well is familiar to most churchgoers. I had the privilege of studying the Gospel of John in seminary with Dr.

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The Courage to Face the Truth: Homily for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman in the Orthodox Church

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John Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. Oh, Samaria! That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up! All of us had some section of town when we were growing up that we were not supposed to visit.

Two thousand years ago, that place was Samaria! But you know what? Jesus went through it! Jesus goes through the places that we think are off-limits. It was about noon. Jesus was tired. Can you imagine Jesus being tired? If he's the Son of God, what's he doing being tired? Jesus is both. Jesus is human and Jesus is God. This means that, no matter, what we ever feel in life, Jesus has felt it before us. Jesus knows us.

When we are flat-out, dead tired, Jesus has been tired, too. Are you tired of your journey? Are you tired of all the work you've had to do?

Well, Jesus can relate. Jesus is tired, too. Yes, we were all taught not to talk to strangers. And we were probably taught, implicitly, that there were some people we were just not supposed to associate with. Two thousand years ago, Jews were not supposed to speak with Samaritans. And they were certainly not supposed to eat with them, or drink with them, or especially drink after them!

That would be more than just not right. It would be unclean; it would be disgusting. For the proper Jewish man, to drink with a Samaritan would be like one of us drinking from the bottle as a wino on the street in a bad section of town.

Today, Americans are not supposed to speak with Koreans. North Americans are not talking with Africans. Northern Ireland is not supposed to speak with Southern Ireland. North Atlanta is not supposed to speak with South Atlanta. Buckhead is not supposed to speak to Sandy Springs. Public schools are not supposed to speak with private schools. Democrats are not supposed to speak with Republicans. Well, that's not the way that Jesus considered it. Men were not even supposed to mingle with women in that culture.

I don't mean co-mingle. I mean that men and women did not share the common exchanges of daily commerce and need. But Jesus broke those rules. Jesus respected women. Jesus respected women so much that he was able to share his ordinary need with a woman; he shared his thirst.

Where do you get that living water? What is this living water? Isn't all water living? No, it's not all living. All of us have seen the opposite at some time or another. The opposite of living water is dead water.

Some water is absolutely dead. Some water is dead, and yet folks continue to drink it. Do you know what dead water is? Dead water is the same old television show every night. Dead water is the same old argument you get into every day. Dead water is that little habit you persist in nourishing, that habit which is small in itself, but which will kill you one day. Dead water is what may have nourished somebody long ago, but it sure does not give you joy and vigor today. Dead water is that water you give for yourself which still leaves you crying out for more.

The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. The Samaritan woman wants this water now!

She knows exactly what Jesus means! Sir, give me this water! What you have said is true! The woman has no husband! She has used up husbands the way each of us uses up unsatisfactory water.

We keep trying all these ways to cure our souls. We try this self-help book. We try that therapist. We try this drug. We try that drink. We try this husband. We try that wife. But, ultimately, we have no husband. Jesus knows that we have no husband. Jesus knows that our searching has been fruitless. Our well is dry. Yes, Jesus knows. Jesus knows. Prophets know. Prophets know, but they love people anyway. It does not matter where your ancestors worshipped. Their arguments do not need to be your arguments.

They were concerned with matters that are no longer a part of our lives. True worship has to do with spirit and with truth.

If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Spirit. The Spirit uses history, but the Spirit is not bound to history.

If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Truth. Truth uses history, too, but Truth is not bound to history. Truth is willing to acknowledge that everyone gets thirsty. No matter whether you are a man or a woman, or anything in between, or something else entirely, everyone gets thirsty.

That is the truth. Are you willing to worship God with the truth of who you are? If you can worship God in truth, you are in the Spirit.

I am that Spirit. I am that Truth, that way, that life. Jesus is speaking to you, right now, if you have ears to hear, right now, here in church, in this place, in this time, at this well. Jesus is at the local watering hole, if you have ears to hear spirit and truth. Jesus is at the local coffee shop. Jesus is at your favorite restaurant.

Wherever you hear spirit and truth, you are hearing Jesus. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?

Sunday Homily - Woman at the Well

He comes to the well of their mutual father Jacob in the middle of the day — at the sixth hour, that is, at the height of noon — when the sun is at its highest in the sky and the day is at its hottest and brightest point. Many have suggested that this Samaritan woman chooses this time to come to the well, in all this heat and brightness, because of a darkness in her life. That is, she comes at noon because no one else comes at noon. We can understand that a woman who had gone through five husbands and was now living with a man not her husband was perhaps outcast among the women of her community. And so she wants to avoid them.

From a talk given at St. Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.

The Gospel today is the story of the woman at the well. She was not only a woman, who was basically treated as lower in rank than the men, but also a sinner. But, more so than a woman and a sinner, she was a Samaritan. She represents those who were treated as strangers or foreigners, marginalized, despised, discriminated against in Jewish society during Jesus times.

Homily for the Sunday of the Woman at the Well

John Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. Oh, Samaria! That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up! All of us had some section of town when we were growing up that we were not supposed to visit. Two thousand years ago, that place was Samaria! But you know what? Jesus went through it! Jesus goes through the places that we think are off-limits.

In Truth and Charity: The woman at the well

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This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent, we will hear in the Gospel the story of the encounter and conversation of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

This Gospel of the woman at the well is really about Evangelization. Jesus shares with the woman at the well - the goodness of a life of Grace and she responds. Jesus shows us that we too can follow a similiar way to help others understand the good news of Jesus Christ. We too are called to evangelize.

In Truth and Charity: The woman at the well

Having Jesus in the center of our lives makes our whole life better. Every day is better with Jesus in the center. When we have Jesus where he belongs our whole life just falls into place.

It is strangely appealing to define ourselves by our failures, especially when others know that we have stumbled and treat us poorly as a result. As well, our own pride often causes us to lose perspective such that we obsess about how we do not measure up to whatever illusion of perfection we have accepted. People are often their own harshest critics in ways that are not healthy at all. He rises in glory not only over the tomb and Hades, but over all the distortions of the beauty of the human person created in His image and likeness. Today we commemorate that His salvation extends to our most painful failings and to the harsh judgments of others upon us.

The Samaritan Woman & Our Call to Evangelization

Homilies, commentary, and the shownotes for OrthoAnalytika, a podcast on spirituality, science, culture, prepping, the paranormal, and current events. John What are we to learn about water that is more than water and the secret food that sustained Jesus? Listen and find out! Check out this episode! What is it that motivates us?

Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar. He speaks of living water that brings eternal life, speaks of the woman's history with men, and reveals.

Sounds painful knees! But during Lent we are all called to do the same are we not? The first reading is from the Book of Exodus after God had set His people free from slavery in Egypt and after Moses had parted the Red Sea with his staff. Yet after all they had witnessed the people were complaining because they were thirsty. Was it just to have us die here of thirst?

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