Begin with a few moments of quiet.
Invite all present to sit comfortably.
When sitting comfortably, take three deep breaths, as you breathe in feel your lungs filling all the way up, when they are full slowly release your breath and feel your lungs emptying out fully. Repeat this three times.
Now return to breathing normally.
Opening ourselves to the Presence of God in our lives
Have a conversation, allowing each person present a few moments to think about and to reply to the following.
Thinking back over the week, let us share with one another
What is it that I want to say thank you for?
What is it that want to say I am sorry for?
Use the link below if you like to listen to some quiet music during this.
Introduce the Gospel
Today we will hear about a meeting between Jesus and a woman form Samaria. People from Samaria are called Samaritans. They and the Jewish people did not get on together at all. They worshipped God in different temples from each other.
Read the Gospel
In Samaria Jesus came to the town called Sychar. This town is near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his long trip. So he sat down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to the well to get some water. Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” (This happened while Jesus’ followers were in town buying some food.)
The woman said, “I am surprised that you ask me for a drink. You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan.” (Jews are not friends with Samaritans.)
Jesus said, “You don’t know what God gives. And you don’t know who asked you for a drink. If you knew, you would have asked me, and I would have given you living water.”
The woman said, “Sir, where will you get that living water? The well is very deep, and you have nothing to get water with. Are you greater than Jacob, our father? Jacob is the one who gave us this well. He drank from it himself. Also, his sons and flocks drank from this well.”
Jesus answered, “Every person who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give will become a spring of water flowing inside him. It will give him eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water. Then I will never be thirsty again. And I will not have to come back here to get more water. I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain. But you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people must worship.”
Jesus said, “Believe me, woman. The time is coming when you will not have to be in Jerusalem or on this mountain to worship the Father. You Samaritans worship what you don’t understand. We Jews understand what we worship. Salvation comes from the Jews. The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. That time is now here. And these are the kinds of worshipers the Father wants. God is spirit. Those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming.” (Messiah is the One called Christ.) “When the Messiah comes, he will explain everything to us.”Then Jesus said, “He is talking to you now. I am he.”
Just then his followers came back from town. They were surprised because they saw Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
Then the woman left her water jar and went back to town. She said to the people, “A man told me everything I have ever done. Come see him. Maybe he is the Christ!” So the people left the town and went to see Jesus.
While the woman was away, the followers were begging him, “Teacher, eat something!” But Jesus answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the followers asked themselves, “Did somebody already bring Jesus some food?”
Jesus said, “My food is to do what the One who sent me wants me to do. My food is to finish the work that he gave me to do. You say, ‘Four more months to wait before we gather the grain.’ But I tell you, open your eyes. Look at the fields that are ready for harvesting now. Even now, the one who harvests the crop is being paid. He is gathering crops for eternal life. So now the one who plants can be happy along with the one who harvests. It is true when we say, ‘One person plants, but another harvests the crop.’ I sent you to harvest a crop that you did not work for. Others did the work, and you get the profit from their work.”
Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus. They believed because of what the woman said: “He told me everything I have ever done.” The Samaritans came to Jesus and begged him to stay with them. So he stayed there two days. Many more believed because of the things he said. They said to the woman, “First we believed in Jesus because of what you told us. But now we believe because we heard him ourselves. We know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”
Explain about Jesus in the Gospel
At first glance this is just another story about Jesus meeting someone and telling her she is loved, but when you look a little deeper, you see this was no ordinary woman. She was a Samaritan and the Jews did not like the Samaritans. What’s more, the people of the village did not like her much either, she was an outcast.
Most people would not have wanted to speak to this woman, but Jesus did not judge her. He loved her just as much as he loved any of his disciples. As a matter of fact. he loved her as much as he loves each one of us. He told her that he had come to give her a new life.
Jesus didn’t come just to be with the ‘good’ people. he came for everyone. That is the great news for all of us, and great news we need to share.
Have a Conversation about the Gospel
Help your child to imagine what a difference it would make to our lives today, if we had to collect water from a well. For example, when:
- washing your hands
- washing our clothes
- having a bath
- filling a swimming pool
- watering the garden
Water is a symbol or sign of life. Without it everything would die.
Jesus called the water that he would give, the ‘water of life’. What do you think he meant? (Let everyone say what they think this means)
This was his way of describing the life which God gives us. God fills us with love and goodness so that we never have to thirst for God. Jesus is saying that this is the well of God’s life in us, by our being loving and good, God’s life flows out from us.
Here is a short video reflection on water and the water of life Jesus offers.
End with a prayer
Dear Jesus, help us to remember that there are people in the world wiht no clean water to drink.
Many people are thirsting for the Good News of your love.
Help us not to waste water and to share your love with everyone we meet.
You might like to make a well during the coming week as a reminder of this Gospel today.