For those churches who follow the Revised Common Lectionary, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday was John 4:5-42. This is one of my favorite Gospel stories. In fact, it’s the one I have selected to be used for my funeral liturgy. This is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. It’s a story of faith and courage and boldness. There are many things about this story that speak to me: Jesus’s boldness to speak to the Samaratin woman, the woman’s inquisitive mind, the discussion between them about living water and worship of God in spirit and truth, what the woman does and says when she goes to the village, and the villagers’ response in their belief because they heard for themselves. I think this story succinctly outlines the story of faith in Christ, a faith that demands questions, that demands a journey, that demands discussion with others and demands one to hear and see for one’s self to truly be able to believe.
On a related note, I recently started listening to the Moonshine Jesus Show, a podcast co-hosted by Mark Sandlin (a Presbyterian minister) and David Henson (an Episcopal priest). The show is only a few weeks old, but I have really been enjoying them! They have started doing a second “mini” podcast each week, reflecting on Lectionary readings for the week. This past week’s reflection was on the John 4:5-42 reading. I highly recommend you check it out! Click here to be taken to the podcast page.