This past week I was invited to offer short daily reflections for the lectionary readings for morning and evening prayer (the daily cycle of readings that many Anglicans and others use for their daily prayer and study.) This is part of a series organized by the Rev. Alex Wilson, priest at St. Anselm’s at UBC.
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SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd
“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” (John 4:29)
This line was spoken by the Samaritan woman at the well. The one from whom Jesus asked for a drink of water. This unnamed woman is an example and inspiration for me today to invite others to ‘come and see.’ I know it is scary to make that invitation. It can be uncomfortable, and we don’t want to be rude or annoying or in people’s faces. However, you have a story, like that woman, that no one else can tell like you, about what God is like; about the challenge and discomfort and joy and peace of the life of faith; about the grace of God that passes all understanding; of being known, intimately, and loved by Jesus. So, let us be brave. Let us be loving. Let us be gentle. Let us have understanding and compassion for where people are. Let us say it with no strings attached – ‘come and see,’ because we have drunk that living water, we have tasted that bread from heaven, and we want to sit down and feast on that meal together.
Thanks be to God!