The woman’s invitation,
Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; could this be the Messiah?”,
turned out to be quite compelling because the Samaritan men went out of the city and were coming to Jesus.
It could have been simple human curiosity. Nothing better to do. Nothing to lose.
So, they came to Jesus.
Check Him out.
See for themselves what’s all the hubbub about.
They could tell that there was something different about the woman the moment she returned from the well not carrying the bucket. She used to spend her days avoiding being seen which only proved the rumors true and sealed her already scarlet reputation.
But, this day, some Tuesday or Thursday, she suddenly got out of hiding and went pubic. As if all the things that kept her behind the closed shutters, all the things that shackled her to her past, that kept her doomed to repeating the same cycle of regrets were suddenly severed and she was free… truly free, from the inside out!
Some of them, of course, might have felt like fools.
Because leaving the city – its comfort, its traditions and the safety of crowd-sourcing the truth – is risky and it does make you feel like a fool.
But, sometimes we might be called to risk the going out part, in order to come face-to-face with Jesus.
Sometimes we have to risk leaving the fortified fortresses of our minds and hearts, the safety of black-and-white world in order to meet face-to-face, eyes-to-eyes, nose-to-nose with God-in-the-flesh…
Sometimes we have to risk being fools and listen to the outrageous word of a disreputable woman…