A way to live a mission in spiritual health:
Take the time needed for Jesus to fill your hunger for things of the Spirit.
Based on John 4:5-42
A way to live a mission in spiritual health based on John 4:5-42 a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Lent, 3/19/17. Jesus, in the Samaritan city of Sychar, is sitting by the well made by Jacob. Jesus asks a Samaritan woman there for a drink. The woman is surprised for a Jew to ask a favor of a Samaritan (Jews share little with Samaritans). Jesus says that he could give her living water had she asked for it. She misses the point and observes that he has no bucket. Where would he get living water; is Jesus greater than Jacob she asks. Jesus says that those who drink his water will never be thirsty. The woman says give me this water so I will never be thirsty or have to come here to get water. Jesus says bring your husband to me. She has no husband she replies. Jesus says she is right she has had five husbands and the man she has now is not her husband either. The woman says that she sees Jesus is a prophet. She observes that her people worship on the Samaritan mountain but that Jews say people must worship in Jerusalem. Jesus answers that in the coming day, true worshipers will worship in spirit and in truth. The woman says she knows the Messiah is coming. Jesus answers, “I am the one.” The disciples return surprised that Jesus is talking to a woman. She leaves for the city telling others she met a man who told her all she had done and she wonders if he is the Messiah. Meanwhile, the disciples urge Jesus to eat. He says his real food is to do the will of the one who has sent him. Jesus goes on to say the harvest has already begun. [Perhaps, he sees the crowds coming to him from the village.] The disciples are gathering the harvest others have planted. When the Samaritans get there, they ask him to stay with them. Jesus stays two days and many believe his teaching. The crowd says they now believe for themselves because they have heard him, the Savior of the world, for themselves.
A theme: Give Jesus your time and you will learn and believe much.