One day, our Lord Jesus Christ came to Sy’char, a city in Samari’ia, near the field that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Jesus was tired from His trip, so He sat down by Jacob’s well. His disciples went into Sy’char to buy food.
While Jesus sat there, a woman came to get water from the well. Jesus asked her for a drink. “Why are you, a Jew, asking me, a Samaritan (who the Jews do not like), and a woman, to give you a drink?” asked the Samaritan woman.
“If you knew who was asking this, you would ask Him for living water!” Jesus answered. “But you don’t have anything to get the water with, and this well is deep. Where would you get this living water?” asked the confused woman.
“Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again,” Jesus answered. “But whoever drinks the living water I give them will never be thirsty again—it will give them eternal life.”
“Sir, give me some of this water!” said the woman. “First, go get your husband,” Jesus said. “I do not have a husband,” she answered. “This is true,” Jesus said. “You have had five husbands and the man you are living with now is not your husband.”
“Wow! I can see that you are a prophet. I know the Messiah is coming and he will tell us everything we need to know,” said the woman. “I am He,” Jesus answered.
The disciples came back then, but didn’t ask Jesus any questions about what was going on. The Samaritan woman hurried back into Sy’char and told the people there, “Come, and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Maybe He is the Christ!” And many people went to see Jesus.
Many Samaritans believed in Jesus just because of what the woman told them about Him. They asked Him to stay there, so He stayed for two days. Many more believed when they heard Jesus speak. They told the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you said, but because we heard Him ourselves. We know that He is the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Where did Jesus sit down when He got tired?
Who came while He was resting there?
What did Jesus ask her for?
What does Jesus say will happen to someone who drinks His living water?
Where does the woman go when the disciples come back to the well?
If you lived in Sy’char then, would you have gone to see Jesus? Why or why not?
Listen closely during the Divine Liturgy. We too are invited to “taste the fountain of immortality”—the living water! What is it?