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Encounters On The Way

Submitted by The Rev. Ross Downes on January 15 2022.

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Encounters on the Way

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Today we have before us what is perhaps the most familiar story Jesus ever told: the parable of the Good Samaritan. Hearing it again not only reminds us of an eternal truth, it also confronts us with the reality that just simply being so familiar with this story, desensitizes us. There is the danger, that on hearing this story again, we will simply be reminded of what we have already understood from previous encounters, and then shut down.

The dilemma for the preacher is, how does one evoke an environment in which the impact of the first tellingis recreated for today’s hearer.

To get at that issue I began by doing some research on events in recent history. Were there, I asked myself, recently reported events, in which the elements of the ‘Good Samaritan’ story were retold?

What I discovered, was that the ‘falling into hands of brigands’ was all too common, but the arrival of the ‘Good Samaritan’ was conspicuous by it’s absence... Read more...

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