The woman at the well
When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John , is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? The Samaritan woman, unlike other individuals who speak with Jesus in the Gospel of John, is never named. Some interpreters have taken this anonymity as an invitation to view her as an abstraction, a symbol of Samaria itself. If she is a symbol, the thinking goes, then surely her five husbands could represent the five locations in Samaria that settlers are supposed to have been brought according to 2Kings This approach treats the Samaritan woman as a mere allegory. This view gains traction when we look at the heavy symbolism in the story.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Jesus Teaches a Samaritan Woman
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- Spiritual Rebirth: The Samaritan Woman at the Well
- Woman at the Well: A Story of a Loving God
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In this excerpt, Fr. Walshe takes a look at the Gospel reading from this past weekend, the third Sunday in Lent One of the most remarkable conversions that Jesus brought about in his lifetime was the conversion of a Samaritan woman in John chapter 4.
And through her, he prepared the way of conversion for many Samaritans. Man teaches through external words and signs, but God is able to instruct and enlighten from within. This conversation relates how the divinity and the humanity of our Savior cooperate in marvelous fashion to bring about the conversion of a Samaritan woman.
In some way, this conversion serves as a model or archetype of the conversion of every soul, as a careful reading of the text will confirm. He had to pass through Samaria. So he 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. Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?
What you have said is true. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. Could he possibly be the Messiah? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
The Context of This Conversation St. John tells us that the occasion of this conversation was that Jesus was on his way to Galilee from Judea and so had to pass through Samaria Samaria is just north of Judea, and Galilee is just north of Samaria. That explains why Jesus is in Samaria in the first place. But John also mentions something else: the reason Jesus left Judea for Galilee was that the Pharisees were alerted to the fact that Jesus was making so many disciples, even more than John the Baptist.
This likely provoked their envy and anger, so Jesus left Judea for a time. But did that mean that Jesus stopped making converts and disciples? And this is where the conversation with the Samaritan woman comes in. Jesus wants to continue evangelizing, even beyond the district of the Jews. So this conversation is about evangelization.
Being Evangelized by This Conversation The first thing that must happen when we read this conversation is that we have to place ourselves in the person of the Samaritan woman. The conversion of this woman takes place in several stages or steps, and so we must walk along the same path, following the same steps as this woman in order to reap the fruit of conversion through this conversation. We should notice too that this conversation has such extraordinary power because it is Christ, the God-man, who speaks.
For in no other way can we explain how a pagan woman living in sin and enslaved by her carnal desires is moved to confess Jesus as the Christ, as the Savior of the world, after a short conversation. And it is certain that her conversion is not simply a matter of words, for she immediately goes forth to confess Jesus to her people and in this way brings a multitude to salvation.
We too are in need of such a conversion, a conversion that is sudden and complete, a conversion that impels us to confess Jesus as the Christ and to bring others to him. How was this simple woman, so trapped in her sins, able to obtain such a tremendous infusion of grace?
Perhaps if we could find out we might be able to imitate her and thus obtain for ourselves this same grace. Let us prayerfully investigate the scriptures and ask our Lord for the gift of understanding from his Holy Spirit so that we might be able to unlock the treasures that the words of the scriptures hold. If you want to find out more, pre-order your copy of Secrets From Heaven today!
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Clueless preaching about the Samaritan woman misses the point
By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr. Kenneth Brighenti. The Samaritan woman at the well is no angel. Mixed up with a wrong crowd, this poor woman from Samaria has quite a reputation.
For now, she is not yet aware of meeting the savior of the world. The story John begins with his thirst, her bucket, and perhaps hints at why she went to the well in the first place, after having seen a strange man. If you were a good Jewish boy from an average Jewish village you would have been warned to stay away from Samaritans, let alone Samaritan women. Jesus, alone, is at the well in the noontide heat and a Samaritan woman comes out, alone.
4 Amazing Things We Can Learn from the Woman at the Well
In this excerpt, Fr. Walshe takes a look at the Gospel reading from this past weekend, the third Sunday in Lent One of the most remarkable conversions that Jesus brought about in his lifetime was the conversion of a Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. And through her, he prepared the way of conversion for many Samaritans. Man teaches through external words and signs, but God is able to instruct and enlighten from within. This conversation relates how the divinity and the humanity of our Savior cooperate in marvelous fashion to bring about the conversion of a Samaritan woman. In some way, this conversion serves as a model or archetype of the conversion of every soul, as a careful reading of the text will confirm. He had to pass through Samaria.
Whatever happened to the woman at the well? Some traditions tell us
Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men. The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives.
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.
Spiritual Rebirth: The Samaritan Woman at the Well
In those days, Jews and Samaritans hated each other. Yet Jesus talks with this Samaritan woman offering her living water. This download is not intended for mass distribution.
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. Above all, the story, which unfolds in John , suggests that Jesus is a loving and accepting God, and we should follow his example. The story begins as Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem in the south to Galilee in the north.
Woman at the Well: A Story of a Loving God
The Samaritan woman at the well is a figure from the Gospel of John , in John — The woman appears in John 4 :4—42, However below is John — But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar , near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink.
The Woman at the Well
Samaritan woman at the well