Sunday’s Gospel is unusual. And not just because it’s the longest recorded conversation that anyone has with Jesus.
It clashes with so many cultural expectations people had in the first century. Relations between men and women. The mutual rejection between Jews and Samaritans.
There’s a sharpness to their conversation. Both of them are throwing things out with layers of meaning. Things with a negative edge.
So when Jesus calls her out for her series of failed marriages, it sounds really dismissive. To us.
But her response to it? It tells us that the sharpness of their conversation is hiding something much deeper. Something very real.
She’s got a hole in her life. A hole she hasn’t been able to fill. Not because she hasn’t found the right man.
It’s a hole that each of us has. A hole that only God can fill. But before that can happen, she has to see things as they really are.
Which is the point of Jesus calling her out. To help her see that what she’s doing will never do the job. And that what she really needs is there for the asking.
Which is kind of the point of the first Scrutiny.