In the first chapter we discussed the groundbreaking role that the Samaritan woman played in the ministry of Jesus; immediately after comprehending the meaning of Jesus’ message, she departed to direct others to their salvation. As a result, “many Samaritans from the town believed in him of the strength of the woman’s testimony” (Jn 4:39). Lest the skeptic think that such exegesis is the product of overzealous projections into Scripture on my part, we should listen attentively to Teresa of Avila’s ruminations on the Samaritan woman’s spiritual direction.
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