St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Jesus said. “What does it say in the Scriptures? And what do you think it means?”
The lawyer had to answer, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.”
Jesus said, “You are right, do this and you will live.” Then the lawyer asked, “But who is my neighbour?”
Then Jesus told a story. If he told it today, it might go like this.
A man went to the city to find a job. When he got there, he was mugged. His wallet, keys, cell phone and all his ID were gone.
He found his way to the bus station to ask for help. He went up to a business man and asked, “Can you help me?” But the business man just walked away. Then he saw a priest, but the priest hurried away pretending he hadn’t seen the man coming towards him.
Finally, a homeless man came up to him. He gave him $2 and said, “Use this to take the number 5 bus. Get off at the second stop. There is a shelter there run by good people. Tell them Fred sent you. They will get you sorted out.”
After Jesus told his story, which went a bit like that one, he asked “Of the three people who could have helped, who do you think was a neighbour to the man who was robbed?” The lawyer said, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
Have a look at the Gospel passage to see how Jesus told the story.
This seems to be a simple story. But it has a lot going on.
When the man had been robbed, what did most people do?
And what is Jesus saying we should do?
Look carefully at the question Jesus was asked – what was it?
Who in the story was showing love and being a neighbour? (Remember, Jews treated Samaritans as outcasts)
So Jesus is saying our neighbours are not just “people like us”. He is saying that we should show love to all people.
But the twist in this story is that we also need to accept love from others – even those who are very different from us.
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