7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew,
ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?”
(Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
10 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.”
his knowledge of her and of her need for the LIVING WATER that he came to give to all.
Lent is a specific season in the church calendar when we are especially reminded to look closely at our lives and think about how we can respond to the Lord in his greatest act of love. If we focus only on our sin and guilt, we risk becoming self-absorbed and shifting our meditation toward ourselves rather than toward God. Whilst we must realize our shortcomings and admit our sins, we must also welcome the forgiveness God offers. If we genuinely feel remorse and desire to grow and change as maturing Christians, our focus rests on God’s love. We then come into the amazing awareness that we are cherished by God and have been, through Christ, given the great gift of eternal life.
This changes everything! Our praise of God in worship is enriched by our gratitude; our thoughts take on the flavor of hope; our actions become more aligned with the teachings of Jesus as we answer his call to faith.
May we be blessed this Lenten season, following Jesus on the road to Calvary and beyond....