“The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
John 4:9 NLT
The midday sun burned; the heat under that long dress, leaving only the face exposed was stifling. But it was the only time when no one dared to go to the well to draw water; the shame justified that this woman would rather endure the harsh weather so to avoid all personal contact, his reputation in the village of “being the woman of all and nobody ” had tagged her …
But Jesus took the initiative and approached her, and with His attitude taught us that we should not discriminate against people by the labels that they have been marked, either by their past or their present.
He shows us also, that we must put aside, any barrier created by culture, society, and even religion that prevents us from fulfilling the mission of sharing the message of Jesus, which gives hope and purpose of life to those who, like the Samaritan woman, are rejected, flee, hide and don’t live in freedom.
© David García Licona – September 2013