“Samaritans? Half-breeds! Who would think of associating with them? They must stay in their village and they are not welcome here. We must keep them in their place and their place is certainly not with us.”
He knew the unwritten rules. Jews simply did not talk to samaritans. But she was there. He was there. He could tell she needed a kind word and a loving heart. Jesus had been traveling so you know he had his chalice with him. But he asked her to dip him some water with HER cup. Why? I believe he wanted to show compassion… empathy… by drinking from her cup. He wanted to know what it felt like to be a samaritan. He wanted her to know he was not afraid to be in her life… in her world. Should we not do the same? I have no idea what it feels like to be black. What it feels like to be born in Iran. I am clueless to the struggles of the homeless but I should try to learn. Christ showed compassion to this samaritan woman by stepping into her shoes, if only for a moment. We should pray for the empathy and compassion to do the same with the people around us. If we call ourselves Christ followers then let us follow. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
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