Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Woman at the Well

Our Gospel for tomorrow is John 4:5-42. This story is commonly known as that of "The Woman at the Well" and indeed the principal female character came to the well to draw water. But in his wonderful way of preaching and playing on words, the Evangelist John tells us that she left the well with living water that only Jesus gives.

The good news for this woman is that she decides on her own that Jesus is the Messiah. Then she takes it upon herself, almost unwittingly, to become the first Christian missionary. It is significant that she "left her water jar and went back to the city" to tell everyone that she had found the Messiah. And it is significant that this woman was a Samaritan, which means that during Jesus' life on earth it became clear that Jesus is the "Savior of the world."

My sermon for tomorrow is "Jesus had lunch with his Father." Come to our service at 10:00 a.m. and find out why.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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