John: Today is generally considered the “Birthday of the Church”. This passage, like that of yesterday, is calling us to a life of worship. There were differences of opinion on where believers should worship – on Mount Gerizim (where the promises and blessings of God where announced) is where the Samaritans sought to worship, and Jerusalem (Mount Zion) where the Jews worshipped. Well, Jesus settles the dispute by saying neither. After all, Jerusalem will be destroyed some 40 years later.
Gospel: John 4:19-26
New Testament: Acts 4:18-33
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 16:9-12