In Biblical times, the well was the source of life for ancient people. Water represented the connection between people and the connection to the Earth. This day we celebrate our connections with other Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
There are lots of Biblical stories about wells. Jacob met his wife Rachel at the well in Genesis. Moses met his wife, Zipporah, the daughter of Reul, at the well in Exodus. The well story was a well-known euphemism for a courtship. Not only does Jesus sit down in broad daylight when no one would normally be at the well, hoping for help drawing water. He sits down at the well and talks to the first person who happens by, who happens to be a Samaritan, and a woman by herself. Jesus meets this woman as a suitor would meet her. However his purpose is different. His purpose is not to take her for his wife. Instead, he offers her love, to be sure, but not the love of a husband for a wife. This is the love of God for the woman. To be loved is to be known.
Jesus knows us, loves us, and calls us. We may feel unworthy. We may be undignified. We may not feel like we fit in at church. We may not fit the mold of what “church people” are. Jesus knows us and calls us in love.