Dear Friends in Christ,
“So, he (Jesus) came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
During our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we stopped in the city of Nablus on the West Bank. We entered St. Photini Greek Orthodox Church, proceeded down to the crypt, and gathered around Jacob’s Well. Jacob’s Well is deep (over 130 feet), and the water that we drew was cool and sweet. As my daughter Hannah drank from a shared tin cup, I thought about Jesus asking for a drink from this very well, and then shifting the conversation to the promise of “living water”.
It was humbling and deeply moving to stand at Jacob’s Well, to drink the cool, sweet water, and to remember the promise of Jesus. “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14b). Thank you, Jesus, for the gift and promise of Living Water.
During this Year of Scripture, we will aspire to grow as Christian disciples through three distinct practices:
1. Daily Bible Reading
- February 25 Numbers 33-34
- February 26 Numbers 35-36
- February 27 Deuteronomy 1-2
- February 28 Deuteronomy 3-4
- March 1 Deuteronomy 5-7
- March 2 Deuteronomy 8-10
- March 3 Deuteronomy 11-13
2. Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture. The artists at the Bible Project do a great job of bringing Scripture to life. Check out this poster on the Book of Leviticus. All Bible Project poster can be downloaded and shared, for free.