Sunday, March 19, 2017
The woman at the well
The reading for today: John4:5-42 = Jesus meets the woman at the well. Here's a clip from one of my favorite Jesus movies, The Gospel of John, which starred Henry Ian Cusick (of Lost fame) as Jesus ... When the Vatican sent out its pre-synod survey, the Bishops in Japan used this story of Jesus and the woman at the well to make a point ... Japan's bishops have publicly responded to a Vatican survey of global Catholics' views on family issues, stating bluntly that church teachings are not known in their country and the Vatican's Europe-centric view hampers efforts at evangelization in places where Catholics represent a small minority of the population .... In response to a question on couples who live together before marriage, the Japanese say, "The pastoral practice of the Church must begin from the premise that cohabitation and civil marriage outside the church have become the norm." "In developing a pastoral orientation, it is perhaps important to recall that the only time in the gospels that Jesus clearly encounters someone in a situation of cohabitation outside of marriage (the Samaritan woman at the well) he does not focus on it," they state. "Instead, he respectfully deals with the woman and turns her into a missionary." .. One of the thing I like best about Jesus is the way he interacts with women ... I feel he must be pretty disappointed in the way the church treats them.