Jesus & the Samaritan Woman – By Gabriel Alkass
As we saw in today’s readings, we see Jesus headed toward Jerusalem. So, to get there, he had to stop in one of the Samaritan villages, and unfortunately, they did not accept Him. So, St. James and his brother John asked the Lord, “ do you want us to command them to be burned? And Jesus rebuked them and said the son of man did not come to destroy but to save them.
So this made us understand man’s will and the Lord’s will. We can save others through our patience if we are patient with others. This promise should give you great hope even if you have a specific sin, like anger. Even if you have a weakness or bad habit, it doesn’t know what it is. He will help you and fight against anything that comes between you and Him.
But again, you need to ask for that help. This is what children do with their fathers.
And sometimes, people do not ask for help, and He still helps. Like the Samaritan woman who went to the well, she did not know the Lord Jesus. But Jesus went there with the exact purpose of saving her.
For that reason, Jesus sent the disciples to buy food, so we could tell the woman, “I know you. I know your life,” so He can save her.
He did the same with the Samaritan people who rejected him through the Samaritan woman. And in Acts 8 with Philip,
“went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds, with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out loudly, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed, or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.”
If Jesus listened to John and James, he would have burned the city. Instead, He saved.
So, with your patience, you can save others instead of through anger. The Lord’s love and patience makes us pursue Him and His salvation even more.
Let’s move to the second point – save, not destroy. Only Satan wants the opposite, to corrupt and destroy mankind and make the image of God very evil.
The truth is in the climb because God is loosening the bonds of Satan. Evil is everywhere, but God still shines good upon good and evil people. Because He came to save us, not to destroy.
In Peter 3:15, “and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation,” the time until the second coming is mercy and patience. Have wisdom so you can find the truth. The patience of the Lord should lead you to the love and worship of your creator, no one else. And eternal life, “What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived — God has prepared these things for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9.
Glorious things are waiting up there.
Learn more from Father Gabriel’s sermon video here.
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December 04, 2023