What became of the woman at the well
Throughout the gospels in the New Testament, there are many stories about encounters between Jesus and seemingly random people. I often study these scriptures and sometimes, commentaries in an attempt to extract meaning from these brief exchanges. One of the encounters is between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, who is often referred to as the woman at the well. The disciples seem to have disappeared for a while and so Jesus goes to the well by himself to get a drink of water.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Woman at the Well (John 4)
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By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr. Kenneth Brighenti. The Samaritan woman at the well is no angel. Mixed up with a wrong crowd, this poor woman from Samaria has quite a reputation. The story also shows that a well of grace is ready to refresh the soul parched by sin and suffering and that Jesus comes to save the sick and to serve those who still need both physical and spiritual healing — not only the converted.
In some Christian religions, including Catholicism and Orthodox, seeking forgiveness is the basis for the sacrament of Reconciliation confession. Every faith has a teaching and belief that God forgives sin and that repentance is always possible. The story shows that Jesus offers divine mercy in the living water of grace, which washes away sins and cleanses souls. The woman went to the well to get a jug of water.
Instead, she got much more, including a cleansed and refreshed spiritual life. Because of her lowly status, the Samaritan woman goes to the well during the hottest point of the day to avoid the wagging tongues of her fellow townspeople.
Most other people were taking siestas at this time; nobody in his or her right mind is out in the noonday sun. The woman of Samaria knows this and seizes the opportunity to get water for her home without being bothered. He comes upon the well, where he meets the Samaritan woman and asks her for a drink of water.
The woman, who understands her low social status in the eyes of a Jew, is astonished that this pious Jew requests water from her. Jesus uses the water as a metaphor to teach this woman. The woman craves this type of water, because she wants to have eternal life.
But first Jesus has a lengthy but candid dialogue with her. He makes her understand that she needs to confess her sins and change her life before she can obtain this life-giving water — grace. Jesus shows her that he already knows she is living with a man who is not her husband. What you have said is true! She now realizes what it means to take freely of the water of life, which is the spiritual refreshment that comes into her soul after her encounter and confession with Jesus.
Not only was she impressed that Jesus knew all her sins, but she was also given the opportunity to have those sins forgiven. She believes he is truly the Messiah, the Anointed One. She repents of her past misdeeds and goes back to tell her family, friends, and neighbors how she met Jesus and how he revealed his knowledge of her sins and his offer of live-giving water, which brings eternal life.
She went on to lead many conversions in this area through her zeal and love for God John — Augustine AD — , for instance, uses the example of the woman at the well to describe the spiritual thirst the human heart has for goodness and truth and that thirst is never quenched until people are in the presence of God forever after they die and leave this earth.
Whatever happened to the woman at the well? Some traditions tell us
By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr. Kenneth Brighenti. The Samaritan woman at the well is no angel.
When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John , is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? The Samaritan woman, unlike other individuals who speak with Jesus in the Gospel of John, is never named. Some interpreters have taken this anonymity as an invitation to view her as an abstraction, a symbol of Samaria itself. If she is a symbol, the thinking goes, then surely her five husbands could represent the five locations in Samaria that settlers are supposed to have been brought according to 2Kings
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For now, she is not yet aware of meeting the savior of the world. The story John begins with his thirst, her bucket, and perhaps hints at why she went to the well in the first place, after having seen a strange man. If you were a good Jewish boy from an average Jewish village you would have been warned to stay away from Samaritans, let alone Samaritan women. Jesus, alone, is at the well in the noontide heat and a Samaritan woman comes out, alone. Clearly, this looks like a woman to avoid. There is a history of romance around this well Genesis This is the spot where Jacob first met Rachel.
What Happened to the Woman at the Well?
The New Testament describes the familiar account of the "woman at the well" John , who was a Samaritan. Up to that point she had led a sinful life, one which resulted in a rebuke from Jesus Christ. However, she responded to Christ's stern admonition with genuine repentance, was forgiven her sinful ways, and became a convert to the Christian Faith - taking the name 'Photini' at Baptism, which literally means "the enlightened one". A significant figure in the Johannine community, the Samaritan Woman, like many other women, contributed to the spread of Christianity. She therefore occupies a place of honour among the apostles.
I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who was struggling. She was separated from her husband, and was struggling with figuring out how to move forward. She was also dealing with the judgments of other people from her church, as well as her own guilt and shame when she thought about what it would mean for her to get divorced.
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