by Sr. Mary Kay Meagher, ND
This familiar passage of the Samaritan woman is a plenitude of sub stories and pregnant with areas of reflection.
What struck me in my reading this time is the section where Jesus calls her to her truth. He simple says “what you say is true…you have 5 husbands." In his reply there are no “tsk tsks, no you should know better, there are rules about this.” Just an open space for her to state her truth which liberates her to be in relationship with Jesus.
I think this is the heart of reconciliation, a space to state our truth. The results for this woman and her community are enormous. I wonder if each of us can be so tender with ourselves in stating our truth, in hearing another’s truth without judgment or measure?