instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ecumenical disputations

I only today noticed what an unexpected answer the Samaritan woman at the well gives Jesus when He tells her,
"You are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.' For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true."
She's not interested in pursuing the husband angle further. Whether she feels shamed or defiant, she takes prompt advantage of this conversation with a prophet to say,
"Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem."
She poses a religious contradiction, seeking this prophet's judgment on it. She's a natural born theologian!

And Jesus, being Jesus, knows that it is through her desire to worship God as He desires to be worshipped, and through her hope for the Messiah, that she may come to have faith in Him.