How is it that You, a Jew…

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 4:1-9

After having taken a Christmas break, we return today to the Gospel written by John, where Jesus has asked a woman at a well for a drink of water.

“How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (v. 9).

“How is it that you, a white person, ask the advice of me, an African- American?”

“How is it that you, a popular fourth-grader, ask me, a newcomer in the school, to walk with you in the hall?”

“How is it that you, a business person, will have a cup of coffee with me, the town drunk?”

“How is it that you, the chairman of the board, ask for my opinion? I’m only an hourly worker on the assembly line.”

“How is it that you, who are now so famous, introduce me to your associates as “an old friend”?

“How is it that you, our football team’s quarterback, choose to sit in the lunch room with me, whom they call a nerd?”

“How is it that you, a missionary, ask the advice of me, an uneducated local pastor?”

“How is it that you, who just got back from a cruise, wish to work with us at the homeless shelter?”

“How is it that you. . . ?”


Lord, help us to follow the example of Jesus in treating others with respect and honor, whatever their status in life or their acceptance by others. In His name. Amen.