In Sunday’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. A more critical and searching look at this text calls us to the reality that Jesus stands with the other, offers them life, and invites us to find life in the well of deep relationships with those different from us. The text invites us to ponder who our modern day “Samaritans” are and whether we are as welcoming to them as Christ is. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word and water, wine and wheat—offering all people the life-giving water of God’s amazing grace. Join us as guest preacher Pastor Dave Seddelmeyer helps us reflect on the ways God’s grace has been poured out on us!
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