John 4: 27-34 NRSV

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah,[a]can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.

These verses follow the story of the encounter Jesus had with the Samarian woman at the well. In that story, a chance meeting opens the woman’s eyes to the well of living water that Jesus offers. She is so transformed by the conversation, she rushes to urge everyone to “Come and see!”

But, oh, the poor disciples!  So many times in the scriptures, I feel they are stand-ins for us, illustrations of our own limited perspective.  They spend their days walking with Jesus, hearing his preaching, experiencing his love, and still they don’t understand!  In this scripture, they are “astonished” to find Jesus speaking with a Samarian woman at the well. Haven’t they witnessed Jesus reaching out to the least, the lost, the other many times before?  And as they urge Jesus to eat, they are still focused on physical needs, remaining blind to the spiritual nourishment Jesus is offering

Prayer: Holy Jesus, may our hearts be open to hearing your word and may our lives be transformed by your word. Refresh us with living water, and feed us with the bread of God’s abundant blessings.  Amen.

A Listening
by Ann Weems

Going through Lent
is a listening.
When we listen
to the word,
we hear
where we are so
blatantly
unliving.
If we listen to the word
and hallow it
into our lives,
we hear
how we can so
abundantly
live again.

Betty Price

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