Question but also Listen

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 41, 52 (Morning)
Psalm 44 (Evening)
Gen. 37:1-11
1 Cor. 1:1-19
Mark 1:1-13


Question, but also Listen

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is talking with a Samaritan Woman. He has asked her to “go, call your husband” and she has revealed, truthfully, that she does not have a husband. Jesus responds in a way that rewards her truth and I think reveals a glimpse of God – she senses this “stranger” knows her. Because of this exchange, she feels safe to question. She asks him about the right place to worship God.

This is an important question, because the place of worship for Samaritans and Jews differs. Today, this is still an important question, because many varied places of worship come with differing beliefs and traditions and we feel compelled to label others. But the urgency in this gospel is that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”. This statement, assures us that it is not the place that matters. God is not a God of “us” versus “them” – there is one God the Father.

For Christians, we typically gather on Sunday at a church where we feel safe. We are guided by our spiritual leader and carried along by our liturgy and traditions. We sing songs of praise, we pray for the people, we are active in our worship. But there is also a time to be quiet and listen. The final statement of this passage reminds us to listen. “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” How amazing – God wants to be in conversation with us. All that is required of us is that we seek and pray sincerely, in spirit and truth, and then take time to listen.

Written by Susie Norys

Susie is a lifelong Episcopalian, loves being mom to Sarah and Jack and is enjoying the “empty nest” years with her husband, Jim. Falling into education as a second career, she is passionate about the early childhood years and currently works for Arkansas State University Childhood Services providing training and assistance to our NWA preschool teachers and programs.

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