Third Sunday of Lent: The Woman of Samaria
Yet Jesus replies that he will overcome these ancient divisions. He tells the woman: ‘The hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him’ (John 4: 21-23).
Some of the great figures in Israel’s history found their wives at wells, usually at a time when sheep, or cattle, or camels are being watered. The servant of Abraham, for example, met Rebekah whom he takes home to be the wife of Isaac at the well outside the city of Nahor (Genesis 24). Jacob meets his wife Rachel by at a well in the ‘land of the people of the East’ (Genesis 29). Moses too met his wife Zipporah at a well in Midian (Exodus 2: 14-22). Now Jesus himself is meeting a Woman at a well, but this time the union in question is the marriage between God and Humanity that Jesus himself brings about.