I previously shared that Lent is a beloved season, in part because Jesus’ humanity is more apparent.
Jesus and his recently called disciples are traveling through Samaria.
Jesus is hungry, perhaps hangry, and exhausted.
He sends the disciples into town for food.
Jesus essentially clasps at the well in exhaustion without the energy to draw a drink of water.
BUT, a Samaritan woman comes to the well during the mid-day heat and alone, because of social distancing.
The historical and cultural nuances are essential to this scripture.
Jesus is a man, Jewish in ethnicity and religious adherence, and a Rabbi (teacher).
Jesus’ disciples are men, Jewish in ethnicity and religious adherence, but considered ‘sinners’ by the religious elite.
She is an unnamed woman. She is a Samaritan.
She is not socially accepted among Samaritan ‘polite society’. Read the rest of this entry »