A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
My first reaction to this story is how a simple request can evolve into something greater. Does the conversation simply blow you away? I love the way that Jesus takes something so simple as a drink of water and turns it into something so profound. He turns something ordinary into something special. I think that is the way of the Spirit in our lives as well. Small things can take on profound meaning. An encouraging word or an act of kindness can have lasting consequences. Simple conversations can become so profound.
Can anyone doubt that Jesus believed that he was the Messiah? Could a mere man proclaim that he is the giver of living water? The identity of Christ is so evident in this reading. And who would not drink of this eternal well? I find this so true in my own life - even as I type these words I sense this living water welling up inside of me. Such is the difference between the religion of that Samaritan woman, and of many today, and what Jesus offers. The water he gives produces spiritual life. Come and drink from his fountain.
I am thirsty Lord. Fill me with your living water.