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In Spirit And Truth

The hour is coming -- in fact is already here -- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth
John 4:5-42 or 4:4-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42

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Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 4:23


If you have been to the Holy Land you probably discovered that "Jacob's Well" is one of the few places in Israel today where you can be sure you are standing in the exact place that Jesus stood.

Today's Gospel Lesson is the familiar story of the conversation at Jacob's Well between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. The conversation strongly suggests that the Samaritan woman would have been very much at home in our modern society. She reminds us of the woman who was giving advice on how to cope in today's world. "Look at me," she said. "I've had four husbands. First I married a millionaire, then an actor. My third husband was a preacher and now I'm married to a mortician: One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."

The conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well reveals that she had not four, but five husbands -- and that she was presently living with a man whom she had not married. Had she been born in our time she might already have written a popular autobiography agonizing over how she had gone in and out of relationships with men -- trying to find acceptance, trying to fill the emptiness in her soul, trying to find new meaning for her life, trying to find her true self.

The sense of emptiness and aimlessness she must have been feeling is not unlike the feeling that comes through in a modern allegory published in "Poor Russell's Almanac." In it, "Mort" and "Jack," old friends who had done well since their last meeting many years ago, meet by chance in the lobby of the most expensive hotel imaginable. They clasp hands and go into the bar to renew their relationship:

"Great to see you again, Mort. I can't promise you great service here today. My regular bartender is off."
"Just like my cook. Always taking the day off when you need her most. Say, you wouldn't mind if I phoned my lawyer and asked him to join us, would you?"
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