Villains turned Heroes of the Bible: The Woman at the Well
The woman at the well comes around midday to draw water. There she meets Jesus who immediately strikes up a conversation with her. We find that she had five husbands and is currently living with a man who is not her husband. The thirst is real y’all. Her story is one of marital problems, being thrown away by men, promiscuity, outcasted in society, and judged by others. None of her Samaritan kin want to deal with her and it takes a Jewish male to break gender, ethnic, and societal norms to ask her for a drink. This bold action by Jesus gives her the opportunity to obtain “living water”. Her life is changed and she goes back into her village telling everyone about the One who “told me everything I ever did” and many people come to believe.
Selina Kyle, Catwoman, made her mark in Gotham as a thief. Growing up her mother was abusive and her father, an alcoholic. Tragedy struck and with the death of her parents, Selina was orphaned. She lived in a horrible detention center and upon escaping she turned to thievery in order to survive. She was caught by a carnival ringmaster and was offered a job in the circus. The ringmaster soon died and Selina was once again on her own, abandoned by fate and on the wrong side of luck. In Batman #62
, Selina marries an abusive man and her career as Catwoman is a result of stealing back her jewelry from him. She has many encounters with Batman and recently helped him save the city from Bane.
The stories of these women are intersected around abuse and male problems. The woman at the well dealt with six men who tossed her aside. Catwoman’s father and ex-husband were unpleasant family members. But what one man couldn’t do, another did. Redemption is found in one man and his name is Jesus.