In this extended dialogue with the Samarian woman, an outcast, Jesus breaks many barriers: socio-ethnic, gender and moral. He does this because it is the Father’s will. The harvest is always ready – people are ready to hear about Christ. There’s a question here for us: How do we witness? The Father is seeking true worshippers who will worship him in spirit – unorthodox faith in God goes beyond the faith of rituals or mere outward practices. This chapter has the familiar misunderstandings and preoccupations of people with materials things (water to drink, food to eat) while Jesus is focused on spiritual realities. The heart of the Samaritan story is in 4: 23 – 24. Outward markers such as gender, ethnicity, status, are immaterial to God – he seeks those who worship him truly, from their inmost heart. The remote healing of the Galilean aristocrat’s son is another sign: Power of Jesus to snatch a life from the jaws of death. Again, God is looking at the heart of faith offered to him not the outward markers of the person and faith in Jesus rejuvenates – gives us life, right now.

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