Day 2: Denunciation I
Prayer: Gracious God, often your Church is led to choose the logic of competition. Forgive our sin of presumption. We are weary from this need to be first. Allow us to rest at the well. Refresh us with the water of unity drawn from our common prayer. May your Spirit who hovered over the waters of chaos bring unity from our diversity. Amen.
The Pharisees had begun to spread the word that Jesus baptized more disciples than John. When “tired of the journey, Jesus sat down facing the well” (John 4:6), he might also be tired of these rumours. As a Samaritan woman comes to fetch water, she and Jesus start a dialogue about the place of worship and Jesus states that “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him” (John 4: 21- 24). It still happens that competition marks the relations within the Church. True worshipers do not allow the logic of competition infect faith. We need “wells” to rest and let go of disputes, competition and violence, a place where true worshipers join in a common search for unity.