Monday in Lent 2
Morning Office Readings: Psalm 56-58; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27-42

Invitations are incredibly precious. To invite is to open oneself up, to go out on a limb, to be vulnerable. It takes courage to invite someone in. To be invited also takes courage. It requires an openness to the unknown, a willingness to say yes, its own vulnerability. In John’s gospel we find Jesus in unlikely circumstances, challenging the culture’s categories and expectations with invitation. As a Jew in Samaria speaking to a Samaritan woman, Jesus was in unfamiliar territory. But still, Jesus invites the woman into relationship with him. He isn’t concerned with her womanhood, her societal status, or their differences. Jesus invites the woman into relationship and she, being open enough to engage and listen, is changed. Because of her willingness to be invited, she saw the truth that Jesus was the Messiah, she became a disciple and spread the good news.

Invitations are incredibly precious. I don’t so much mean inviting your best friends over for dinner, although that is precious in its own right, I mean invitations that challenge us. Inviting a coworker to church. Inviting that old friend over for dessert, even after all these years. Inviting those you disagree with most into conversation.

Invitations are Christ-like. Maybe we all try doing some inviting and some being invited this season. Step into unfamiliar territory, open up, be as Christ, be as the woman in this story and see what comes.

–Ashley