The Samaritan Woman
Take a moment to reread John, Chapter 4. It is a wonderful story
-- how Rabbi Jesus breaks all artificial barriers, takes the short-cut
from Judea to Galilee by walking through Samaria, stops at Jacob's
well in the town of Sychar and meets there this experienced Samaritan
woman. He asks her for water and she responds, "How is it that
thou, although thou art a Jew, does ask drink of me, who am a Samaritan
Jesus chats openly with her -- There is no arrogance, artificial
distance, discrimination, mysogeny here. We witness here not only
freedom -- but also intellectual honesty and the over-arching principle
"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father also
seeks such to worship him. God is spirit, and they who worship him
must worship in spirit and truth".
God is the "Logos", as Popr Benedikt XVI says.
God is a Father to all of his children. Not a God of Wrath, God
of Punishment or God of War. God is a heavenly father who invites
Samaritans and all his children to worship him. He does not restrict
his love only to the "chosen people". All can partake
of his living water.
You may enjoy consulting the site below,
By the way, there is a lovely painting of Jesus and the Samaritan
Woman by Rembrandt. It is, however, a bit far for a weekend visit
-- it hangs at the Eremitage in St. Petersburg (no, not in Florida!).
Of course, you may want to visit Sychar itself-- which today is
the Palestinian town of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.