Last week in my newsletter article, I mentioned “In the Bulb, There is a Flower,” and the choir sang it during communion. It was nice! Thank you! In that spirit, this is the song that goes through my head every time I work on the scripture for this week: American Woman, by the Guess Who. It’s in part because Samaritan Woman and American Woman have the same cadence; it’s also in part because the refrain, “Stay away from me; mama let me be” applies to our friend on the well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story that takes up most of John 4, it’s this: Jesus shows up in a Samaritan town, and encounters a woman drawing water in the middle of the day. They talk for awhile, about their differences and the water of life, and despite both being rather blunt with one another, discover they can be in relationship with one another. No one really knows how to react to that.
Even today. This is one of the great parts of Scripture—I have about eight commentaries that discuss this, and they all go in different directions. We’re talking about coming in, taking on and giving up during Lent, and what it means to be in relationship with Jesus generally, so maybe the Guess Who might lend more than just a catchy guitar riff. I’ll leave that to your imagination until Sunday. I look forward to seeing you then.