The Woman at the Well
“She is of mature age, and has had a not altogether reputable past. She is frivolous, ready to talk with strangers, with a tongue quick to turn grave things into jests; and yet she possesses, hidden beneath masses of unclean vanities, a conscience and a yearning for something better than she has, which Christ’s words awoke and which were finally so enkindled as to make her fit to receive the full declaration of His Messiahship, with which Pharisees and priests could not be trusted.” The Gift and the Giver, Alexander Maclaren.
- The Samaritan woman is the first disciple in John’s Gospel to recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah. As an LGBT person or ally, when did you recognize that Jesus was a Redeemer for you?
- The Samaritan woman brings the whole town to see and hear Jesus. What has been your experience as an LGBT person or ally about bringing your person and gifts to the church? What has been your experience in bringing others to the church.
- Unlikely disciples who live on the edge of society become models of faith. As an LGBT person, do you see yourself as an “unlikely disciple?” How?
- “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” In biblical times, Samaritans were among the most despised people in Judea. No Jewish person would have any contact with them. As an LGBT person, do you feel marginalized because of sexuality and/or gender identity? How does the story of the Samaritan Woman challenge you to rethink your identity and dignity?
- In a village culture where women normally drew water together only at dawn and dusk, the Samaritan woman journeys alone at noon to draw her water. LGBT people have often been ostracized from society and left alone and isolated. How does Jesus address loneliness in this passage or elsewhere in scripture?