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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i3 ..... "Commentary-- Jesus at Jacob's well: The Samaritan woman n OsP el Commentary for h 10, 1996: Third Sunday of t: Cycle Az John 4:5-42 In contrast to the other three Jesus' extended min- at the end of the Gospel of John centers on Judea. He is out of Judea many times.  g0spel presents Jesus in a of Judea. The story Samaria, a province a in the south north. Since the when i 119 B(N FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST to the invading Assyrians, the Samari- a racial mixture. In the fifth century B.C., ing among the Jewish people exile in Babylon, the division and Samaritans became one of bitter Both used the Torah, the first five books became the Bible, although the Torahs SOmewhat. Both expected a Messiah. In the Messiah reaches out to Samaria. Gospel of John had themes. Among them was that Jesus' only to the Jews but "to ALL who gave power to become children of tells us in the story of Jesus and the WOman that the once despised Samari- children of God. Another in John's first chapter is an al- the patriarch Jacob in which he going up and down a ladder to heaven. The ladder was a link between heaven and earth. With the bacl: ground of Jacob's dream John places this event at a well dug by Jacob. Jesus becomes the new and greater Jacob as John indicates when the woman asks Jesus: "Are you greater than our father Jacob who dug this well?" The implied an- swer is "Yes." Jacob's well gave water that quenched physical thirst. In the Old Testament the ac- tion of God's Spirit is sometimes ex- pressed in metaphor as cleansing water. This is the water that Jesus gives, the Holy Spirit. Those who drink this water, those who receive the Spirit, John teaches, will not thirst again. Typical of John, he has used physical thirst and water to raise his readers thoughts to a spiritual level. Just as John had drawn on many and various titles to express Jesus' inexpressible identity in chapter one, so also here in chapter four. The Samaritan woman first recognizes Jesus as a Jew, "for salvation is from the Jews," Jesus tells the woman. Secondly, he is greater than Jacob, father of all Jews. Since Jesus knows and reveals intimate de- tails of her life to the woman, a quality thought to belong to a prophet, Jesus is revealed as a prophet. Thirdly, when Jesus is asked by the woman if he might be the expected Messiah, Jesus answers: "I who speak to you am he." Jesus' disciples also get to play a role in this story. Jesus has sent them to get food. When they re- turn they find Jesus talking not only with a woman, but with a Samaritan woman -- double unclean, they must have thought. They offer Jesus food and he answers in a typical way for John's gospel: "I have food to eat of which you do not know." What is he talking about? A hint was already given when Jesus earlier said to the woman: "I thirst." John's Jesus will say this again on the cross, at a time, in John's words, "that Jesus had to die for the nation and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad." Thus, "I thirst," and "I have food to eat of which you do not know," are mission statements. That is why the story continues with Jesus' statement: "... the fields are already white for the harvest." Strange to say, at this point it was not the disci- ples who were sent out into mission work, but the Samaritan woman who had had five husbands, "and the one you have now is not yours." She has re- turned to town without water from the well, but with the water or Spirit that Jesus gives. She tells the people of the town everything Jesus said, includ- ing details of her own life which the townspeople must already have known. She did her work well. The Samaritans file out to the well to Jesus, invite him to their town. They, too, receive the water that completely quenches thirst. They believe in Jesus and make a statement that is of the greatest impor- tance for John's theology: "We know that this is in- deed the Savior of the world." John has demon- strated what he wrote earlier: "GOd so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever be- lieves in him should not perish but have eternal life." Readings: Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1.2, 5.8. Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service "Something good is right on your way" DELICIOUS DONUTS, CAKES, BAGELS, & COOKIES er iology County "The quality education I received at Brescia College has served me well throughout my professional career. During my time at Brescia my commitment to S , ervice and community "00ent was born. 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