Culturally different, geographically near
Jesus’ disciples would have taken note of being sent to Samaria, a place in their backyard populated by people different than them. Most people avoided Samaria for these cultural reasons.
Yikes! Sound familiar?
As people move throughout the world for jobs, education, or to seek refuge, our neighborhoods are beginning to look a little more diverse. Our neighbors may speak different languages, dress in different clothes, or eat different food. It can be, well, intimidating. We may have prejudices, or it may just be difficult to know how to immediately connect with them.
But Jesus is reminding us that the redemption he brings isn’t just for the people we are comfortable with! Jesus’s redemption is for everyone.