Ps 95; Ex 16:27–35; Jn 4:1–6
Jesus leaves Judea and heads back to Galilee, through a Samaritan city called Sychar. He stops at Jacob’s Well, which was on land that Jacob had given to Joseph hundreds of years before. Jesus, tired from his journey and thirsty, stops to rest at the well. And it is here that he meets a Samaritan woman and asks her for a drink. In Exodus, we see God as the source of food in the form of manna and quail. Here in John 4, we will learn that he is also the source of water that eternally quenches thirst. But for the moment, we see Jesus, a human like us, tired and thirsty.
Jesus is God with us. He is with us in our humanity. He rests at a well, tired and thirsty, offering his living water. He sees us at our most vulnerable and weak places. Yet, he doesn’t disdain our humanity. He has come as one of us, sharing his everlasting life with us.
PRAYER: Father, teach us how to be present with you in every aspect of our humanity. Help us to turn away from things that try to cheapen, diminish, and hide the beauty of your life in us. Amen.