REFLECT – Day 32
We all know people who are seeking after peace? They are trying to draw peace from metaphorical wells. Yoga wells, mindfulness wells, success wells, social media wells. You get the idea.
But can they truly quench the thirst?
When motivation is lost they stop attending classes. When the tools don’t seem to work they soon lose heart. When retirement comes the large bank account seems lack ability to show care.
Jesus met a woman at a well. Speaks into her life and offers her more than the water she can draw.
Our passage for today is John 4:1-30. It may be an idea to imagine a well, or find some pictures of wells on the internet to help bring this scene to life.
The woman at the well is Samaria is without peace in her relationship with God her creator; in her chaotic personal life; and in her relationship with her local community (as she comes in the middle of the day to draw water when no one will be at the well). She is thirsty for something more in life.
She represents many in our contemporary world, as we have already suggested.
Jesus reaches out to the woman and crosses barriers of gender, race, custom and religion in asking her for water, and then engaging her in lively conversation and serious debate.
The Son of God is a peacemaker.
At the end of the story, the woman is reconciled to God, and understands the way of reconciliation and forgiveness in her personal life and with her neighbours. Peace spreads like a spring rising and transforms the desert.
Sometimes we, as peacemakers, need to noticed when those around us are in desolate places. We need to offer water from this God given spring of life – offer the hope of Jesus himself. Peacemakers need courage, but the reward is reconciliation with God for ourselves and those we love.
O Divine Master;
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
A Franciscan Prayer
Think of three people in your own networks who seem not to be at peace. Pray for them and imagine ways in which you can connect with them.