Sunday, March 19, 2017
Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42.
This coming Sunday our gospel reading invites us into a private conversation between Jesus and a ‘woman from Samaria’. This woman is from a culture other than that of Jesus’. Even among her own she seems to be marginalised.
Jesus, however, initiates and embraces this socially awkward opportunity. As he extends grace we slowly witness an opening of this woman’s heart to the invitation of the Spirit. This woman drinks deeply of Jesus’ ‘living water’. Within the short space of this encounter we watch her move from avoiding her own to openly sharing her testimony in her village. Hers is truly a powerful and transformative story.
Perhaps we can see something of the same movement identified in our Romans passage. There a seed of faith leads to grace which leads to joy which leads to hope. Such God-initiated hope is truly contagious!
May we too, this lent, allow God’s Spirit to so work in us that we may become living witnesses to God’s grace-filled activity in our lives.
After both our services we will continue with our study ‘Australians Together: Sharing Our Story’. We are now up to Episode 2. If you are unable to stay, please consider going to the link and seeing the episode for yourself (if you missed Episode 1, you can watch it at the same time!).