The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?” They went out of the town and came to him.
The woman made her way to the well at mid-day to avoid the people of the town. She was notoriously known for all the wrong reasons, and yet at arriving at the well she has an encounter with Jesus. Little by little the veil falls down between them.
Jesus reveals to her who she – the woman – is. And in her having to confront herself, she is made ready to receive Jesus as he really is.
First, Jesus reveals to her the shame of her life. He knows the only way to freedom is through truth; it will set her free. Seeing she is able to accept the truth of who she is, Jesus then reveals to her the truth of who He is, and she takes it, and tells the people.
This is an important phase for a disciple to go through. Each of us must be willing to be confronted with the truth of who we are, to have the veil of pretenses thrown aside and stand there in the raw reality of how we have live our life. It is only here in the light of truth that we can choose to change; it is here that we become transparent vessels capable of bring the good news.
The woman, after she came face-to-face with her shame and was given hope that comes through Jesus, the joy she found outweighs the guilt of what she has done, and takes the message of her shame and unveils the presence of God in the midst of her town.
We too must accept the shame of our own lives as part of our testimony of our discipleship in Jesus. We cannot think that our past doesn’t matter. It cannot be erased. It becomes part of our message of hope.
We too, like woman, must become evangelizers of what Jesus has done in our own lives. It is the mark of a disciple. The woman instinctively went and shared the amazing news she discovered in Jesus. As we discover what Jesus has done in our lives, we must communicate it with others. It is a sign that we have truly discovered Christ in our lives when we can turn to others and tell the good news.
May God bless you.