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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.
How can you ask me for a drink?”
(For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
John 4:9 (read 4.5-42) - NIV
Jesus often went against the cultural norms of his day.
A good Jew would never speak with a woman in public, much less a pagan woman or
a woman of questionable character. It would also be very humiliating for a man
to show any dependence by asking a favor from a woman. But for Jesus, fellow human
beings were more important than any social norm. Complying with culture norms can
erect barriers and make victims.
For Jesus, there was a big difference between keeping
a good reputation and relating to people according to their needs. He risked
his reputation in order to be able to reach those in need. The welfare of the
Samaritan woman was more important than his reputation.
Many Christians are overly concerned about what others
may think about them. They think that to "give good testimony" is to
do what others expect of them and act within good social standards. They try to
move in accepted social circles and cultivate friendships with the “right”
Another striking aspect of Jesus was his humility. He
never showed moral superiority. He never demanded moral conduct as being a
condition for relationship. To the consternation of many "good"
people Jesus associated with sinners and disreputable people. He often hung out
with the wrong crowd.
The Samaritan woman was a conjugal failure. She was
into her sixth relationship. She was an outcast and avoided other women by
fetching water at the well in the heat of the noonday sun when all the other
women were at home. She had lovers, but no friends. Who would be her friend? If
it were not for Jesus, no one!
Cities are places of solitude. Millions of people live
in solitude, homeless, unemployed, in poor health, underfed and inadequately
educated. They are condemned to depend on charity and work for insufficient
salaries that keep them in misery. The poor are exploited and prevented from
escaping from their poverty. They are judged to be lazy and a burden to
society. Poverty is criminalized rather than alleviated. The Samaritan woman represents
this growing multitude of men, women, children and elderly people in a world of
increasing violence and injustice.
The Samaritan woman was lucky. Jesus broke the
barriers and reached her before it was too late. He restored the joy of living.
Are we like the disciples, looking on and letting our
prejudices stand in the way? Or will we gain the courage to leave our
prejudices and reach out to today’s Samaritans? Will we break social barriers
and reach out in love?
JOHN 4:5-42 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
So he came to a town in Samaria
called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down
by the well. It was about noon.
When a Samaritan woman came to
draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had
gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a
Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do
not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew
the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked
him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have
nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it
himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who
drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give
them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a
spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give
me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw
He told her, “Go, call your husband
and come back.”
I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right
when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and
the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see
that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews
claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe
me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain
nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what
we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now
come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in
truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and
his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that
Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one
speaking to you—I am he.”
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
Just then his disciples returned
and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do
you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
Then, leaving her water jar, the
woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told
me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town
and made their way toward him.
Meanwhile his disciples urged
him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food
to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each
other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do
the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying,
‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at
the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage
and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad
together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to
reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have
reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Many Samaritans Believe
Many of the Samaritans from that
town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I
ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with
them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became
They said to the woman, “We no
longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”