The Samaritan Woman carried her empty bucket to the well.
We all know the ‘well’ story.
May I offer you a slightly different view…the Samaritan woman did carry her bucket that indeed was empty, but embedded into the clay of the bucket were the burdens of her life. I am amazed at how God is continuing to speak to me through this familiar story.
She carried with her to the well all of her burdens; things she could not go back and change…things that had become a way of life for her…things she could not see…things strangling her very soul.
Jesus offered her so much more than her bucket could hold, but more importantly after their encounter she did not return to her village with the bucket. She left without her bucket. She did not forget her bucket. She left it behind. She was a changed woman. She was not only able to leave the bucket, but all that it represented in her life.
This is what the sacrament of Reconciliation can be for each of us. We too come with our heavy laden, empty bucket and leave filled with the love, mercy, and forgiveness of our Lord.
Carry your bucket to the foot of the cross… leaves it there…return home with a changed heart…filled with God’s mercy and love.
You alone, Lord, know what burdens are embedded into the clay of my bucket.
I give them all to you…I surrender my bucket to you.
Let my life be a living testimony to the power of the ‘empty’ bucket.