He Knows Everything About Me
The familiar Gospel account of the woman at the well is proclaimed on this third Sunday of Lent as Jesus reveals himself to a Samaritan woman. And here again Jesus steps outside of the normal order of things when he addresses a woman in public in the middle of the day. Men of that time would not have done so and certainly not a Jew speaking to a Samaritan! And yet Jesus engages in this conversation and shares his truth after she says, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;” and Jesus answers her, ”I am he, the one that is speaking to you.” Wow! Can you imagine being in her place? How might you have responded? She responded by going to the people of the town and telling them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I have done.” Would that have been enough for me to believe that the man was actually Jesus; the Son of God? I’m not so sure. However, what might convince me would be that he could tell me everything about what I have done, like the Samaritan woman. It might be comforting to know that Jesus knows everything about me, and yet, it may be very upsetting to think that he knows all of my thoughts, words and actions. For in that knowing, he not only knows the best of me, he knows the sinner.
How will I stand before Jesus Christ as a sinner? We, as Christians have always understood that God is all-knowing; that he knew us before we were born, that he knows the choices we will make and the path that we will choose in this life on earth. And in that God certainly knows the mistakes we will make and the sins we will commit. AND STILL GOD LOVES US!
How can we not be grateful, feel thankful and know how greatly we are blessed? In our relationship with
God, which began when he made us, we were blessed with the free and incredible gift of his Love. God’s love is not something we have to earn; it is pure gift! We need only accept it and do all we can to live into and up to it in our lifetime on this earth.
Then, through the sacrifice of his own Son, an unfathomable act of love, we are again gifted with the hope of eternal life. Let us take time this week to think about standing before God as a sinner and as a beloved daughter or son. Then, as we acknowledge how blessed we are, let us go forth to share the love of God with others.
Have a blessed week,