The Jar and the Woman at the Well

Jesus went through Samaria with His disciples and starts talking to this woman at the well. She is an outcast from her community; that’s why she is coming at noon instead of in the cooler hours of the day. She is impressed by this man Jesus, and then He tells her that He is the Messiah. Of special note, she leaves her water jug at the well. It is her lifeline, and she goes into town to tell the people about this man who told her everything she has ever done. She essentially becomes one of the first evangelists. To quote Kevin’s homily Sunday “That water jar becomes an important symbol. It shows us that she needed to let go of something so she could find God, and it is symbolic for us in the same way…. How is that water jar symbolic for us?” That’s a great question! We all need to let go of something so we can reach out for God. It’s only when we empty our hands of those other things that we can hold onto God. What is it that we are holding onto? What do we need to let go of? What is our water jar?

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

 

The importance of prayer (Mark 1:29-39)

In his homily (First Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B), Kevin mentioned how people brought the sick and suffering to Jesus. It was very demanding. “What gave Jesus the energy and stamina to do that? To put it simply, He knew how to recharge Himself, and He did it often. We hear it right there in today’s gospel. ‘Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed.’ Jesus knew that something He needed to do was to go and be in conversation with His Father. He would just go and talk to His heavenly Father, whom he affectionately called His Abba. But just as importantly, He would listen to His Father. It wasn’t a one-sided conversation, with Jesus doing all the talking. That’s an area of our prayer life that we would do well to learn from Jesus. Do you know how we can tell that He listened to His Father? Because He generally came away from that prayer ready to go and minister to others. In other words, Jesus was tapping into the power and energy of God. That’s what conversation with God is supposed to do for us.”

I invite you to share with us an example of how prayer has recharged you….

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams