This Sunday, the woman at the well, is perhaps my most favorite text to preach on, from. This complex, complicated, long misunderstood text has come most alive for me as I have found commentators and exegesis and midrash like reflections that break it open in less than “traditional” ways. (Don’t get me started on the idea of her being a “sinful” woman…Jesus never says that)…It is most intriguing to me that the longest conversation Jesus has with anyone is with this woman, this text. What does that say about her? And then, what does it say about Jesus that he allowed himself to be challenged by her? And, pushed himself to a new level of understanding? He changed her, but I’m fairly certain she changed him right back.
I have a variety of ways I might approach this text. Each one of them begins with the idea that this is one brave woman who speaks with courage, speaks from her heart, and everything changes. And Jesus, well Jesus listens and responds, he talks WITH her not to her. And he speaks from his heart. And yes, everything changes.
What text are you going with? Are you working from the RCL? Or, with the Narrative Lectionary? Regardless you can find a discussion on the texts if you scroll back to Tuesday.
So, pull up a chair, grab a mug, I have plenty of coffee to sustain us through this day. (or tea if you prefer). We’re here to party together, to offer suggestions, to offer prayers, to support one another where ever we are. It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party and YOU are welcome here, to the pool of living water sustained by the love of wise women and our pals.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a church in Michigan. She’s been a blogger at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com and member of the RevGals since 2006.
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