Third Sunday in Lent – March 23

Scriptures for today

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Psalm 95
  • Romans 5:1-11
  • John 4:7-22

Photo of zoo lights in CalgaryThe woman at the well

A few years ago, I acted in a play based on a skillful combination of the John 4 “woman at the well” story and another plot line about the importance of water, among other things. I played the woman at the well.  I never did have a name, other than “the woman at the well”.  The scripture reading was faithfully followed, with the man playing Jesus and me as the woman taking our respective lines almost verbatim from John 4. My character shouldn’t even have been speaking to Jesus, because he was a Jew and I was a Samaritan, and the divisions were deep between the two peoples. A feature of the script was that as the action of the play went back and forth from current to Biblical times, when Jesus and I were not “on”, we held our positions in what is called tableau – we froze in place and did not move a muscle.  Time stood still as we held our positions.

Sometimes in life, the most important thing to do is to do nothing, not to move a muscle (metaphorically speaking), just to listen and learn, and let others tell their story.  Sometimes we need to realize that we are not, nor should we be, the centre of the action.  We need to let the light shine on another person, not us. My character allowed the words that Jesus was saying to shine out and glisten, like raindrops.  The focus was not on me, but rather on Jesus, as he spoke of a living water which would quench thirst so that one would never be thirsty again.

I want to work on being better attuned to recognizing when the best thing to do is nothing at all, other than keeping my ears and my heart open.  I pray that I can slow down long enough to let this happen.   ♥

by Margaret Miyagishima

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