Samaritans and Jews did not get along. They both believed in the same God, but Samaritans worshipped God on the mountain, not the temple. They were similar, but not the same. A Jew would be suspicious of a Samaritan and look down on them. Jesus uses the Samaritan as a hero to once again remind us that kindness and courage can be found in the most unlikely people.
Begin with Centering Breath: Cover your eyes and fill up your tummy with air and quietly, slowly let it out. Do this slowly and quietly five times. Build up the breaths if you want to ten.
Ponder these I Wonder statements together:
- I wonder if the Samaritan was scared to stop and help
- I wonder why the other people walked by the hurt man
- I wonder if the hurt man was surprised a Samaritan had come to help him
- I wonder if we are ever too afraid to help
- I wonder what the innkeeper thought of the Samaritan being so generous
- I wonder what the clever man thought of Jesus’ story
Who are you in the Story? What does the Story mean for you Today?