Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 4

2015_WPCU_Poster_inner_240x349Day 4, Then the woman left her water jar (John 4:28)

SCRIPTURE:

  • Genesis 11:31-12:4, God promises to make Abram a great nation and a blessing
  • Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd
  • Acts 10:9-20, What God has made clean, you must not call profane
  • John 4:25-28, Then the woman left her water ja

 

MEDITATION:

The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman shows that dialogue with the different, the stranger, the unfamiliar, can be life-giving. That day, for some reason, the Samaritan woman did not follow the established rules. Both she and Jesus broke with conventional patterns of behavior. They showed us again that it is possible to build new relationships.

As Jesus completes the work of the Father, the Samaritan woman, for her part, leaves her water jar, meaning that she could go further in her life; she was not confined to the role society imposed on her. When she leaves behind her water jar she signals that she has found a greater gift, a greater good than the water she came for, and a better place to be within her community. She recognizes the greater gift that this Jewish stranger, Jesus, is offering her. It is difficult for us to find value, to recognize as good, or even holy, that which is unknown to us and that which belongs to another. However, recognizing the gifts that belong to the other as good and as holy is a necessary step towards the visible unity we seek.

PRAYER:
Loving God,
Help us to learn from Jesus and the Samaritan that the encounter with the other opens for us new horizons of grace. Help us to break through our limits and embrace new challenges. Help us to go beyond fear in following the call of your Son. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Source: Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute

 

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