Note: On Tuesdays and some Sundays, you can find me at Your Daily Tripod, owned by my friend TonyD. A longer version of the post below appears there.
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (who is called Christ). When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” (John 4:25-26)
We all have them, those special people who reflect Christ to us on every occasion. They listen when we are in despair, admonish us with love when we are down a bad path, and provide guidance when we are unsure of where the Lord wishes us to go (or we are sure, but are loath to go there). We live with them, work with them, worship with them. And, occasionally, we thank them and God for the special lights they are.
We are less quick to recognize, perhaps, the way in which the Lord works through us. When we treat the Street Sense salesman with respect and wish him a safe evening, it is Jesus speaking to him. When we listen for the umpteenth time to a young woman’s romantic disappointment instead of quickly assuring her the sorrow will pass, it is Jesus speaking to her. When we share the fits-and-starts story of our own faith journey to a woman looking to find her way back to the Church, it is Jesus speaking to her.
The Samaritan woman was right. The Messiah came and told the people everything. And He continues to do so today, sometimes through the very ungodly people for whom He died at the appointed time.