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Sunday we experienced a sampler of sermons on this well-worn parable. Often called "The Good Samaritan", this story offers several levels for engagement and interpretation. Ultimately, we wanted to peel back each layer, get a bit deeper, and attempt to reveal the deepest goodness this story holds. In a world rocked by suffering and fear, Sunday presented us with a unique opportunity to receive some truly GOOD news.
In examining this parable we see that Jesus uses the rule of three to demonstrate his teachings. The first person is random, the second follows a pattern and the third breaks that pattern. In this case of the Good Samaritan he breaks the pattern by helping someone in need. Loving your neighbor no matter your religious beliefs. Often times we are faced with situations like when deciding whether to give someone money or not.
This parable helps us examine our own hate: why do we hate this thing or person? Do we even have a reason to? There is no need for hate but unfortunately we live in a society where it exists. But we cannot let the evil blind us. The good in our world certainly outnumbers the bad, but the bad always gets the headlines and coverage on social media, so we tend to dwell on it.
In this case the focus of this story is not the bad, the focus is kindness and mercy. The robbers get a handful of words in the story and the Samaritan, although never directly mentioned, gets the rest of the story. We are scared to look away from the bad, but, in the end, a new perspective can be both honest and good. Evil is not the only thing in our world, and, as a matter of fact, it is a small fraction. It just so happens that those voices tend to be the loudest.
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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