Rabbis and women
The disciples learned from the Samaritan woman because they were there, they were present, and heard her connecting with Jesus.
The Samaritan woman connected with Jesus because a Jewish rabbi talked to her with love. And Jewish rabbis didn’t talk to Samaritan women.
A Samaritan woman, who was ashamed to be seen in public, suddenly had the courage and heart to go talk to a whole city.
A whole city was saved because a Samaritan woman talked to a Jewish rabbi. And she shared her story of what happened.
A whole city was saved because two people, who because of racial and cultural prejudices, should’ve been kept separate and should never have crossed paths. But they connected. And they shared their stories of who they were.
And 2000 years later their story is still inspiring people to connect with those they otherwise wouldn’t. Because a Jewish rabbi talked with love to a Samaritan woman and a whole city was saved.
Detroit’s motto (since 1805): Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus. “We hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes.”