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Reflection questions on the woman at the well

I planned to write about Jesus and the woman at the well in one lesson, but now I see that I cannot. But first, an overview: Jesus and his disciples are walking north from Judea to Galilee click here for a map of first century Palestine. On the way, they stop at a well in Samaria, which lies between. It is noon and Jesus is tired, so he rests by the well while his disciples leave to buy food.


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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. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?

What you have said is true. Could he possibly be the Christ? We talk about Lent as a time of invitation from God. What does God want to give us this Lent? We begin by looking at the story of a woman who sees how she can change her life — how she can change the patterns of her life.

She leaves behind her fears and her embarrassment and begins a new life — she sees that God has an invitation for her and she says, Yes! This is the history of our faith. The history, the stories we know so well, took place in this region. But Jesus is a new part of it — a new covenant with God. We see the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament as he sits on the side of the well.

It was noon. The hottest part of the day. Who goes to the well at such a hot and unpleasant part of the day to draw water? This well was a lifeline for the people, but it was deserted at that noon. The woman was hiding from others because she was ashamed of her life. Jesus knows her shameful secret: she has had five husbands and she is hiding. But what Jewish man would break the law and speak to an unattended woman — and a Samaritan woman! What man? Jesus, who wants to offer her a relationship that will heal her.

This encounter at the well is an encounter between Jesus and US today. Lent is a season to be open and to receive. God is waiting to offer us a great gift this Lent: the gift of a relationship with God! But sometimes, we get caught up in our fear and our guilt and we focus on ourselves and our sin. So we hide. Lent gives us a chance to look really closely at our lives and think about what we might want to change in it. How can we be better persons? If we only focus on our own sin, it becomes about us and it is a self-absorbed exercise.

When we are caught up in guilt, we are looking at ourselves. Then, we come into the amazing awareness that even though we are sinners, we are loved incredibly by God. That is when we become people who are drawn back to that love and to our God. A friend told me about how her father taught her to swim when she was a little girl. She stood at the edge of the pool and her dad was in the water. But she saw all of water and it was big and huge and she was afraid.

Jump in! Look at me. Watch my eyes. Jump into my arms and let me love you! But Jesus speaks to her directly. He is comfortable with her. He is offering her new life. A friendship with him. He wants to offer us the same thing - a real relationship with him. How does he encounter us? He sits in the same place we are. He meets us in a place where we carry our shame and we want to hide. And he wants to love us and give us a new, deeper relationship with him.

A lot of times, we try to keep God at a distance. I know I do. My life goes along and my relationship with God is that I am here and he is "up there. I have my life in control, or so I think until the next natural disaster in daily life comes along.

Then I suddenly realize, "Oh! I need God in my life. Help me, God! One of the first things we can really realize is that God Is Here. Not There. God is Here. We can read lots of theology books, go to discussions about our faith and take classes to study scripture.

All of those are wonderful. But if we only do those things, we never move outside of our head and into our Hearts. God invites us to sit in the quiet and feel God alive and loving us, living in our hearts. In fact, the messier our lives are, the more we need his love and the more he wants to love us. Sometimes we feel like God is so far away. What kind of a life did she lead? The well was a gathering place in town and the people would have met there, talked, laughed, connected with each other.

They leave the well, carry their water and go to the shade of their homes. And then it was noon and the woman of Samaria came by herself to draw water. She was avoiding the people of the town. She knows they will judge her. I can think to myself, "Oh those people, judging someone like that, so harshly. But would I be different? How would I be as one of the other people in the town? Would I have befriended her the way Jesus did? Would I want to be even seen at the well with her? We are so quick to judge, so quick to scorn.

If we isolate her and see her sins so clearly, it helps us feel better about our own. What does Jesus do? He sits down and asks her for some water. Would I have accepted water from her?

She is a sinner! I am judging her more harshly than God does! Jesus simply loves her as a sinner. We judge her and isolate her! And what makes us condemn her more harshly than Jesus does? We think in our minds, not our hearts, and our minds tell us that we know how we love, and God must love us the same way. We love carefully. We love as people deserve. We know how people have treated us in the past and we adapt our love accordingly.

God loves endlessly and without regard to what we have done. The best analogy I have for the way God loves us is parenthood. If you are a parent, you understand what it means to love and forgive your child over and over again. We look at the prodigal son and his guilt over what he did to his father.

He decides to go home, and practices an apology on the way home.

Hidden Questions: Lessons From the Woman at the Well

Throughout the gospels in the New Testament, there are many stories about encounters between Jesus and seemingly random people. I often study these scriptures and sometimes, commentaries in an attempt to extract meaning from these brief exchanges. One of the encounters is between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, who is often referred to as the woman at the well. The disciples seem to have disappeared for a while and so Jesus goes to the well by himself to get a drink of water.

In an article first published in The Irish Catholic, Brendan Comerford finds lenten inspiration in the Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well outside Sychar. I can never resist the temptation to do so since the Gospel reading for The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A, is the marvellous story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well John

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. It was about noon.

Lessons from the woman at the well

Barely two months after graduating from college, I boarded a plane and landed in The Gambia, West Africa, to begin my service as a Peace Corps volunteer. I found myself in a new land, with a new language, new customs and new food. I saw her in the village, women who worked day in and day out feeding and caring for their children and families; cleaning, cooking and working the fields. Women who laughed and cried with one another. Women who shared their burdens and joys. I saw her in myself wondering how I fit into this place. I saw her in myself thirsty for the living water. Eager to know the God who would meet me in the parched places of my soul.

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Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day. He sat. The Son of God, the Savior of the world, was limited by his humanness, just as we are.

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The story of the woman at the well is one of the most well known in the Bible; many Christians can easily tell a summary of it. On its surface, the story chronicles ethnic prejudice and a woman shunned by her community. But take look deeper, and you'll realize it reveals a great deal about Jesus' character.

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Delgatto has fifteen years' experience in youth ministry, and is a frequent presenter at ministry conferences. Kielbasa is a development editor at Saint Mary's Press, with over two decades of experience in ministry with young teens. She is an author, editor, and consultant for several courses in the Discovering Program for junior high parish religious education. Conseguir libro impreso.

Just before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples, Go and make disciples of all nations. We know that this is a command for all Christians in each successive generation. Yet I think most of us feel guilty because we hardly ever tell anyone about the greatest gift in the world salvation through Jesus Christ. But usually our problem is to know how do to do it. One of the ways is through Friendship Evangelism.

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I met Tamara at the Dallas Juvenile Center and found her willing to talk as we sat at the table. But how could I proceed with this young woman who had a fundamental misunderstanding of salvation? The same way Jesus did. Jesus met a woman as she approached a well in Samaria, and He opened a conversation by asking her for a drink. But she knew neither the gift nor the speaker, so Jesus proceeded. He knew she needed eternal life, and He introduced her to that need. This was not unusual for the Lord. We read in the previous chapter, John 3, that while Nicodemus felt no need to be born again, Jesus knew his need.

Discussion Questions. Read John When Jesus arrives at Jacob's well, it was the sixth hour. woman was drawing water from the well at the sixth hour?

John , Lessons. Read John You may also want to explain to the children about the relationship between the Samaritans and the Jews; how the Jews avoided the Samaritans and did not associate with them.

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