Sometimes we think of faith as a search, that we are on the lookout for God. Yet to tell the story of the Bible, we have to say that Jesus is on the search for us! He comes to us, often at the most surprising and inopportune times, and in the strangest or most ordinary places. When he comes to us, and speaks to us, in these encounters that he initiates, we are saved.
Take yesterday’s reading from John 4, the story of Jesus approaching a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus is a stranger to her. When she draws water for him, something interesting happens between them. He knows her past. He teaches her, giving her heavenly wisdom. She was a woman “of the world” who by then had become hardened to the jokes about her in her village. Like Jesus, she is thirsty, but not just for water. He offers her “living water.’ That is, a new beginning. “Let’s drain the swamp” he says in so many words. And she accepts!
The story of the woman at the well turns out to be a love story. Only the one who loves you knows you as you are and not as you pretend to be. Only the one who loves you knows your deepest desires. Only the one who loves you can look at your past without blinking. We Christians know a lot about real love, and not make-believe love. That’s because Jesus tells us “everything we did” and loves us despite it all. Now that is a refreshing drink of water at a well! Peace,