Sunday's Gospel was a long one, with a lot to unpack. I think many of us lost track of what was being read, and that's okay! But we are going to return to it this week, because of how much it offers us in light of spiritual journey this Lent!
I have mentioned several times that Jesus was not what was expected in the Jewish community. But this story really emphasizes how different Jesus truly was. Samaria was not a place a "good Jew" went to. And yet, there is Jesus, the Messiah, visiting a place many would argue He had no business visiting. And then, He speaks to unknown woman, without supervision! Needless to say, culturally, Jesus was not complying with "the rules".
This passage reassures me that as Christians, whether we identify as Catholics, Baptists, or something in between, the Living Water is for all of us. The woman points to the center of disagreement between the Jewish and Samaritan people, where to worship and Jesus dismisses the argument. Worship is not about the right place or the right way, but about the intent behind: "worshiping the Father in truth and spirit." Not about propriety or correctness, but mindful purpose.
As we pray today, we should pray with the intent that Jesus teaches us, truth and spirit. whatever that means to you. We fast today from a need to be correct, a need to understand how to worship. Instead, just do. Give as Jesus did today, to those we do not know or relate to without hesitation. We can give by giving a listening ear to someone who needs it or by sharing the Good News as He did for the woman too.
Pray with truth and spirit, fast from "being right", give the Good news.