The Samaritan Woman and the transcendental unity of all the religionsChrist spoke of that unique cult, of that transcendental unity of all the religions not to the masters of Israel, not to men, but to a woman, the only one capable of understanding certain theological subtleties and their gigantic purport. The Samaritan woman, even though spoilt by the bestial lustfulness of the man, remained struck and impressed by the words of Jesus and by the affectionate sweetness with which they had been uttered. And in fact, full of enthusiasm, she ran to the town of Samaria to diffuse the news that an unknown man had revealed to her ineffable and new things. A woman then was as important as John the Baptist? One, because he proclaimed that the Messiah had arrived, the other because she said that the Savior was announcing the unification of the cults to call for the aid of God in spirit and truth. But what did Jesus say to the Samaritan, that she remained so shaken and enthusiastic, as to make herself a missionary, spokeswoman of the Son of God? Let us read together the Gospel according to John the Apostle (IV, 1-30 and 39-42): “When the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John, though not Jesus himself did the baptizing, but his disciples, He left Judea and went back to Galilee. Now, it was necessary for Him to cross Samaria. He came, then, in a town of Samaria called Sichar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. There was Jacob’s well. Jesus, then, tired by His journey, sat with simplicity on the well. It was about the sixth hour. A Samaritan woman arrives, to draw water. Jesus says to her: – Give me to drink. – His disciples had gone into town to buy some food (sent by the Savior himself). The Samaritan woman, then, tells Him: – How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for drink from me that am a Samaritan? In fact the Jews are not on good terms with the Samaritans. – Jesus answers: – If you knew the gift of God and who is the one who tells you: Give me to drink, you would have asked of him, and he would have given you a living water. – The woman tells him: – Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. From where then do you take the living water? Are you perhaps greater than our father Jacob, who left us this well, from where he drank, and his offspring and their cattle? – Jesus answered and said: – Whoever drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but he who drinks the water I shall give him will not be thirsty anymore because the water I shall give him will become in him a spring of water that gushes for the eternal life. – The woman tells him: – Sir, give me some of this water, so that I shall not be thirsty anymore and must not come hither to draw anymore. – Jesus says to her: – Go, call your husband and come back here. – The woman answered: – I have no husband. – Jesus tells her: – You said well: I have no husband; in fact, you have had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband. You spoke the truth. – The woman tells him: – Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers have worshiped on this mountain, while you Jews say that Jerusalem is the only place where one must worship. – Jesus tells her: – Woman, believe me: the hour is about to come when neither in Jerusalem you shall worship the Father, nor on this mountain. You shall worship what you do not know, we worship what we know: because the salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: in fact this is how the Father wants his worshipers to be. God is spirit and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. – The woman tells him: – I know that the Messiah, called the Christ, is about to come and that, when he is come, he will let us know all. – Jesus tells her: – It is I, I who am talking to you. – In the meantime his disciples arrived, and were surprised that he was talking to a woman, but no one of them said: – What do you look for or what do you speak with her? – The woman, then, left her water-jar and went back to the town and told the people: – Come and see a man who told me everything I did. Could he be the Christ? – The people left the town and came to him.” This account testifies the importance that the Christ gave to the woman, and has the value of a message, ever real, for all women, until the end of the times and beyond. Esteem, love, trust towards the woman whom men did not consider at all, except for the bestial needs of the male. The same disciples remained confused and perplexed seeing the Master give so much of his confidence precisely to a woman. But they asked no questions, as a sign of respect towards their instructor. Who reports the episode is John the Evangelist, the dearest disciple, the esoteric, he whom Christ on the Calvary associated with His own Mother, and who must have been present during the conversation with the Samaritan woman. Please reflect on the connection: Christ, the Woman and John. It is from the latter that springs the esoteric Christianity, more than from Peter. To Peter was given the work to organize the exterior Church with a social character, as the initiative of a Universal Church was of St. Paul, in accordance with the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman.
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