The Gospel today is about a Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus Christ by the well in a Samaritan town. At first, when Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for something to drink, the Samaritan woman was shocked and confused. She knew that Jews do not associate with Samaritans, but here is Jesus conversing with her and asking her for water. But then, Jesus replied to her “If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me something to drink,' you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water… no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life” (John 4:10-14). The Samaritan woman was captivated by her encounter with Jesus that she hurried back to the town to tell the people about Jesus. The people were so drawn to the testimony of the Samaritan woman that they wanted to see and hear Jesus for themselves. And after encountering Jesus, the Samaritans believed that Jesus is the Saviour of the world, no longer because of what the Samaritan woman had told them, but because of what they have heard from Jesus.
My take away from today’s Gospel is my mission as someone who has encountered God. I am that Samaritan woman. I too have doubts on my worthiness to be saved or to receive God’s love. And yet I experience God’s saving grace every day, even when I’m not aware that I need saving. God’s unconditional love for me, His grace and mercy, the pleasant surprises in my life, and the answered prayers just overflow and consume me. His is a kind of love that is so overwhelming, that it is meant to be shared. And I think the Gospel calls me…calls us to be like the Samaritan woman – to become witnesses of God to the people around us. May our words, our actions, our lives testify to how awesome our God is so that we can draw people towards God and help in planting that seed of desire to know more of Him. And from there, God will take over. Just like the Samaritans who came to hear Jesus on the strength of the Samaritan woman’s testimony, may the people we touch be transformed so that they can, through their own eyes and through their own encounters of Jesus, believe in His unconditional and lasting love.