Last Sunday the Gospel about Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) was proclaimed at my parish. (We used the reading from Year A since we have six people entering the church. Other parishes may have used the Year C Gospel, Luke 13:1-9).
Sadly, clueless preachers frequently turn this Gospel into bad news, especially for women.
Rather than highlight the Samaritan woman’s inspired missionary leadership, preachers too often rant that she was a five-time divorcee before Jesus saved her from a dissolute life of sin.
This is so wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin...