John 4:31–45 (ESV)
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said
to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not
labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard
for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.)
45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.
This is the final portion of the reading for the
Samaritan woman at the well. She had come to know that Jesus is the promised Messiah and she had run back to tell others in the village. The disciples had returned and they were trying to figure out whether Jesus had eaten. Jesus responds,
but confuses them. They are talking physical food and Jesus is talking spiritual food. They are concerned about eating physically. Jesus see a bunch of hungry people... the Samaritans. They are not hungry for chicken and steak, they
are spiritually hungry for Jesus. The harvest is ready and ripe, but the disciples just don’t see it, perhaps because the people are Samaritans. The people of the city come to Jesus because of what the woman had told them. They came
and heard, they were hungry. Perhaps we should really be looking at the woman who heard and immediately went and told others. She was the evangelist, not the disciples. The people came and believed.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not prejudge people in what they think or how they will respond. Help me to have the heart of the woman at the well. Amen.