In the New Testament, Jesus has many interactions with nameless women: the woman who touches his cloak, the daughter of the centurion, the weeping woman, and so on. Another well known, nameless woman is the Samaritan Woman or the Woman at the Well (John 4:4-29).
Jesus' time spent with her is one of the most honest, raw interactions we have between him and another person. She does not deny her sinfulness, admitting that she has no husband. She is acknowledges the difference between them as a Jew and as Samaritan and even denies Jesus a drink from the well. But she also stays and listens; she admits her ignorance and overcomes foolish pride to hear what this man, obviously a prophet, has to say.
Our interactions with Jesus and faith are often like the Samaritan Woman's: we don't realize what we are interacting with at first. But the important part is overcoming our pride and being able to admit that this is a moment for us to grow in faith rather than walking away. The Samaritan Woman could have easily laughed at Jesus' claim of Living Water. She could have been deeply hurt by his knowledge of sinful past. She could have reacted in many ways but she stayed and listened. She humbled herself before the wisdom of God and learned from God's Son.
When confronted with honest faith and teachings, how do you react? Many of us will resist, uncomfortable with the reality it makes us face about ourselves. We shut down when the sins being discussed sound very similar to our own. We put the readings and homilies out of our minds that struck a little too close to home. Instead of spending honest time with God in Adoration, quiet prayer and contemplation, we blast worship music and create our own interpretations of God's word that comforts us. But we are called to do more than that; we are called to humbly sit and listen.
Intercede through Mary today for the humility to sit and listen to her Son as the Samaritan Woman did. Ask for the grace to listen and learn, rather than turn away. An important part of our faith is listening to where God guides us rather than deciding for ourselves what we need to do and hear.