Day 4: Renunciation
Prayer : Loving God, help us to learn from Jesus and the Samaritan that the encounter with the other opens for us new horizons of grace. Help us to break through our limits and embrace new challenges. Help us to go beyond fear in following the call of your Son. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Commentary (John 4:28): The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman shows that dialogue with the different, the stranger, the unfamiliar, can be life-giving. They broke with conventional patterns of behaviour and they showed us that it is possible to build new relationships. The Samaritan woman leaves her water jar behind her, meaning that she could go further in her life; she was not confined to the role society imposed on her. “Breaking forth” is a necessity for those who desire to grow stronger and wiser in their faith. It is difficult for us to find value, to recognize as good, or even holy, that which is unknown to us and that which belongs to another. However, this is a necessary step towards the visible unity we seek.