|"Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again...."|
St. Photini, the Woman a the Well, was the focus of the Service today. Fr. Gary gave a great homily talking about how Jesus broke all the social norms and, seemingly without judging or condemning her, drew her unto Himself, proclaiming to her that He was, indeed, the Messiah! He offered living water to her noting that the water she was drawing from the well would only leave her thirsty again but the water the He'd offer would satisfy forever!
St. Photini, who was despised in her own town as a loose woman - that would explain why she drew water in the heat of the day when no one else was around - nevertheless ran into town and proclaimed Jesus as Messiah. The whole town came to see for themselves and became convinced, not because of the testimony of St. Photini but because they heard Jesus for themselves!
Coffee hour was really enjoyable. I had a nice talk with Reader Innocent (Jack.) He is a quiet man with a lot of depth (and a wicked sense of humor, wicked in the good sense :) ) We also celebrated the ever-gracious Tami's Birthday! I, of course, ate a piece of cake in her honor!
|Happy Birthday, Tami|
St. Photini, pray for us!