Photo courtesy of Erin ArmstrongPastor Erin Armstrong, Trinity Lutheran Church. ■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed This Lent, those congregations that follow the traditional set of scripture readings will read one of my favorite stories. In John Chapter 4, Jesus leaves Judea to “go back to Galilee” (v. 3), but takes an unusual and inconvenient detour into Samaria…a place a Judean rabbi would not willingly go to. The ancient feud between Judea and Samaria, once a united kingdom, had devolved into strong uncrossable boundaries and hate for one another. Judeans and Samaritans did not interact with one another, and did not willingly go into one another’s territories. And yet, here is Jesus,

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