Sunday Reflection – July 10, 2022


The Good Samaritan

25  An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to have eternal life?”

26 Jesus answered, “What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?”

27  The man replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ They also say, ‘Love your neighbours as much as you love yourself.’ ”

28  Jesus said, “You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life.”

29 But the man wanted to show that he knew what he was talking about. So he asked Jesus, “Who are my neighbours?”

30 Jesus replied:

As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead.

31 A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. 32 Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side.

33  A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him 34 and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.”

36 Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbour to the man who was beaten up by robbers?”

37 The expert in the Law of Moses answered, “The one who showed pity.”

Jesus said, “Go and do the same!”

Performed by Margaret Whisselle

Kids Korner: Being the Samaritan (July 10th)

Read Luke 10:25-37 with your family.

This is a very familiar story, and very well loved. It is such an important story that it has shaped the imaginations of people around the world. There are Good Samaritan laws in many countries, protecting people who try to help the sick or hurting. There are social agencies and hospitals who use the name ‘Samaritan’. In fact so many people know the word ‘Samaritan’, that they forget this is a culture that still exists today, and is not liked by the historical Hebrew people.

So, when Jesus said the Samaritan was the one who acted with mercy, and the Priest and Levite did not, it shocked a lot of people. In Jesus day, everyone looked to the priests to know how God wanted them to behave, and the Levites were the traditional tribe of Israel (one of the 12 tribes) that most of the priests belonged to. Everyone would expect them to help no matter what. People didn’t think they would be too scared to help – but that was how Jesus told it.

The Samaritan, who was hated by everyone around Jerusalem, was brave enough to help. Be brave. Help where you can. That is what it means to be a Samaritan.