Sunday, 12 February 2017

The encounter

“So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being exhausted from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came there to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:5-10
Dear friends, I’m going to start a meditation with you, of the woman of Samaria. I will divide it in a couple of posts, so it’s not too long. I hope you follow with me because, I’m sure, it will help you a lot. Normally the Jews walked around the city of Samaria and didn’t walk through it, to avoid problems with that people. But the Lord Jesus overcame the barriers of the religious and social prejudice to reach the woman of Samaria.
Jesus was tired of the travel and asked her for a cup of water when she went to the well. She was admired by his petition because the Jews and the Samaritans didn’t get along. A Jew never received water from a Samaritan let alone from a woman of such a bad reputation. But what this woman didn’t know is that Jesus came to save everyone, and He is above all hostility between people. He didn’t want to accuse her but to save her. Do you think that the encounter was a coincidence? Of course not! The Lord Jesus had already prepared that encounter. He wanted to reveal Himself to that afflicted and rejected woman, with a sad and ashamed past.
In the same way God wants this encounter with you. It doesn’t matter from where you are, what your past is like, or if you deserve it or not. What’s important is that you don’t miss this opportunity. Accept the invite of Jesus so that He gives you the water of life because He doesn’t deny His Spirit to those who ask with fervor and thirsty.
So don’t question like the Samaritan woman did. Don’t ask things like: Lord, do you know who I am? Not so long ago I didn’t even care about You. I don’t deserve it; I did so many wrong things in my life. Who am I to receive such a grace? etc.”
Focus in the objective which is to receive the Holy Spirit; God promised to those who believe and not those who deserve it. Of course you will have to do your part which is to let go of the wrong life; but what is wonderful is that God gives us His forgiveness and the opportunity to start again. He erases our past and forgets our faults.
Do you believe so? Then stop doubting and do what needs to be done, and then He will give you the water of life. What a day!


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