This time of the Coronavirus crisis gives us time to think a lot about some very important questions in life, questions about God, the church, OUR faith, OUR future? Why do I believe and what do I believe? Will I still go to church after the virus is over?
The gospel of about the Samaritan woman gives us many opportunities to think about all these questions. We have to remember that Jesus had treated Samaritans like we treat the virus, they wanted nothing to do with them. Yet Jesus says to the woman: “If only you recognized God’s gift and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him instead for living water”. Jesus then goes on to say that everyone who drinks this water will never be thirsty again, and he will have eternal life in him. Jesus tells her that He is the Messiah – the Son of God. He has also come to the Samaritan woman and her people. Jesus comes to the whole world.
- Our God is merciful
- Bishop Peter: Do not be afraid
- Bishop Peter Stasiuk’s Reflections on “Service of others in a time of crisis”
That is a lot of important information that Jesus tells this woman who has had a very troubled lifetime. By telling her all, that Jesus gives all of us sinners, sometimes unbelieving, sometimes being of very irregular church attendance, much hope. God is a merciful, forgiving, and loving God. The focus of our spiritual life is the truth that we must search for “the water” which leads to a new life.
But if we cannot find a place for imperfect people in our lives, we cannot be followers of Christ.
We should never be discouraged by the sinful people or the sinful situations we may see around us. We do not go to church because we see danger or even death. The church is the one who preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel story of the Samaritan woman teaches us that Christ is found in the community and the community sometimes contains people who are not necessarily nice people. But if we cannot find a place for imperfect people in our lives, we cannot be followers of Christ.
We must be witnesses so that those around us also may say as the people of Samaria said “we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is the saviour of the world”.
The most important part of the life of the disciples (the church) is to bring this good news to the world. Each of us cannot sit back and complain. We must be witnesses so that those around us also may say as the people of Samaria said “we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is the saviour of the world”.
The virus will not be a challenge to the practice our faith, it can give us a chance to become better Christians. You can be sure that God is speaking to us because of what is doing on this world.