The baddy who is good

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:

 

Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of Unity Amen

 

Read Luke chapter 10 verse 25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’

 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”[c]; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.’

 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’

 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’

 In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead.   A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.   So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.   But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.   The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”

‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’

 The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’

Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

 

Reflection on Bible Reading:

A very familiar story today, but too familiar perhaps. My son always wants to divide the world between Goodies and Baddies, he wants there to be clear blue water between the righteous and the ungodly. Today we see that there isn’t, the two pillars of society the priest and the lawyer both have no compassion and the outcast acts with charity. The Samaritans were from a different race and different religion to the Jews. The radical nature of this parable is forgotten sometimes because of it’s childhood familiarity. The modern equivalent is Jesus saying that a white Christian member of the council walked by on the other side as did a Christian priest. (clergy are always the baddies in the gospel) But the person who stopped and help the man would today be an Asian Muslim. Someone of a different race and religion.

 

Pray this prayer aloud:

Holy God,
the earth is full of the glory of your love.
May we your children, born of the Spirit,
so bear witness to your Son Jesus Christ, crucified and risen,
that all the world may believe and have eternal life
through the One who saves,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen

 

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