Jesus and the Samaritan Woman: An Instructive Gospel Passage for Pro-Life Activists

St. PhotinaDuring Holy Week last year, Relevant Radio’s Sheila Liaugminas interviewed Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler about the Good Friday Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion, which is being held again this year outside abortion clinics across the country. (See the list of locations here.)

In the course of the wide-ranging interview, Eric also shared his thoughts about one particular Gospel passage that we as pro-lifers should spend some time reflecting on:

I think that the guiding Gospel passage for me as a pro-life activist…is Jesus with the Samaritan woman [John 4:4-42]. Here is Our Lord stopping along the way, to reach out to somebody from an outcast group, the Samaritans. He was not afraid to speak to her about her sin, He was not afraid to expose her to her own sin, but all of it done through tremendous gentleness, through intimacy, through a one-on-one conversation, finding her where she is, speaking to her in language she understood, and filling her heart with a sense of her own worth and hope so that she not only felt like she was loved and cared for and would receive the waters of eternal life, but she felt inspired to share that good news with her whole community, running out to tell everyone about it.

We have to be Christ at the well with that Samaritan woman in these kinds of encounters that we have at the abortion clinics.

You can listen to the entire interview below.

Eric Scheidler on “A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas”

[audio:http://prolifeaction.org/audio/2013-03-27CloserLookWayOfTheCross.mp3]
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