Wednesday, in this town, a young person jumped from a third floor, according to the local news. She had reached her end and was one of the "living dead," No light, no hope and no peace.
This Sunday, it is the story of another woman, the Samaritan woman. This woman was in trouble, having led an adulterous life. Jesus confronted her at the well.... wanting to end her pain and suffering, and, to offer her "life giving" water.
He saw that she was inflamed with ugly vices, but He displays His compassion, asking her to "Go call your husband and come here."(John 4:16).
I can just imagine how surprised she had to be, a complete stranger knew that she had a husband. She was carrying a lot of baggage, stored up for years with no way of being reconciled. Psychologists will tell you that is how you can become mentally sick. Jesus wants to make us all whole as He did that Samaritan woman.
So, in verse (17)John4, The woman tried to hide the truth from Him, who is the Truth by saying "I have no husband."
This is significant as the reading at vesper's tonight said in part the following: "Yea, that He may draw to Him the truth ensnared by the contending enemy, and give her water to drink who was inflamed with ugly vices." (for He alone is compassionate and the Lover of mankind).
In John 4:17 the following is said by Jesus. "You have well said, "I have no husband," (18) for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."
In holding back or suppressing, we build up unhealthy levels of animosities and feelings, until we become unable to handle our small problems which become magnified. Untreated, they can lead to all types of sickness, despondency and death.
Jesus heals the Samaritan woman at the well. Through reconcilliation she is made chaste and received a fountain of life giving water, which is everlasting life through Him.
Many people do not avail themselves to this important resource which the church offers us, "reconciliation". Some, through no fault of their own, never see the inside of a church.
We couldn't help that poor woman who suffered greatly enough to choose death over life, and that is how the enemy in this story scores his victory. We feel a little guilty in our inability to reach out to her but know, that we can and should pray for all lost souls. It is our responsibility to help our neighbor, as Jesus did by going to the well, and inviting them to church, where they receive life giving water, which is everlasting life.
The church is a hospital for the spiritually well and the sick for it is Jesus who calls all to "salvation" through this vessel of peace, and love.
(Revelation 22:17) "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely."
References:The Orthodox Study Bible.
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