Have you ever been so thirsty that your parched lips have cracked and split? Your tongue felt heavy, like cotton in your mouth? And, your throat so sore that swallowing hurt?Today we’re talking about thirst. A woman, carrying her water jar, went to the well in the heat of the day.
Second birth. Rebirth. A spiritual birth. What in the world could Jesus be talking about here? Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to the language. But hear it again for the first time: Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.
The “devil”, or “accuser”, in our reading today belongs not just in the wild place, leering at Jesus, but in any number of places in present-day Canada. You can hear them by the cash register at Canadian Tire, in the classroom, on the TV, and in our homes. They might look at your skin colour and ask: Where are you from? Sudbury? No. Where are you “really” from?