Today’s readings are a plea for us to fully commit ourselves to our belief in Jesus as the Son of God.
The first reading concludes when the people “quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord in our midst or not?’” We cannot be like them.
The second reading says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith.” Our faith brings us peace.
The Gospel story of the Samaritan woman is the conclusion of a three-chapter search for a true believer in John’s Gospel.
Chapter Two of John’s Gospel concludes the story of Jesus turning water into wine by noting, “and so he revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. Jesus then went up to Jerusalem, working many signs, and “many began to believe.” But Jesus "would not trust himself to them because he knew them."
Chapter Three of John’s Gospel gives us the story of Nicodemus who expressed his limited belief by saying, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.” That was good, but not good enough.
With that, we come to the Samaritan woman, and we must see her for what she was: a woman whom respectable women left to go to the well alone, a five times married woman, at this time she was living in a casual relationship.
For all that, her openness to God’s grace was greater than that of the disciples, of the people of Jerusalem, on the respected old Nicodemus. She accepted Jesus as the One who is was to come; and she hurried to tell everyone she had found the Messiah.
Can we let that old frump outdo us? Are we going to banish all doubts, committing ourselves completely to the Lord?