Luke 10:25-37 – The 8th Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, July 10, 2016
â€œJesus replied, â€˜A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death . . .â€™â€
I wonder . . .
What if the man left near death wasnâ€™t silent?
What if he spoke to the Samaritan whoâ€™d come to his aid?
[Warning: certain words below may disturb some readers.]
â€œYou sonuvabitch, lemme off your damn donkey.â€
The battered Jew spit blood, his breath more gasps. From atop the plodding beast, his left eye glared hatred at the Samaritan. With the right swollen shut, he was literally half blind. The man loosened his grip on the reins, scheming to fall to the ground.
But the Samaritan had secured his waist to the animalâ€™s middle.
â€œYour motherâ€™s a whore. Your fatherâ€™s a dog that licks his own dick.â€ He coughed more blood. â€œIf you have brothers or sistersâ€â€”from his smashed mouth, the words sounded like spudders and pissersâ€”â€œtheyâ€™re all pricks and bitches.â€ (Which came out as icks and itches.) Continue reading →
Luke 10:25-37 – The 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time – for Sunday, July 14, 2013
â€œâ€˜Teacher,â€™ he asked, â€˜what must I do to inherit eternal life?â€™â€ (Luke 10:25)
I googled ten words/phrases/names, wondering which one would get the most â€œhits.â€ And by the way, let me be the first to acknowledge this methodology was as non-scientific as it was self-serving.
Here are my ten searches in alphabetical order:
Here are the â€œhitsâ€ each received (from my exhaustive efforts):
What word matched which number? Guess! (And please, no cheating . . . donâ€™t go doing your own Google hunt, trying to wow me with your brilliance or to prove my search was a fluke that resulted in skewed results. I only wish for you to attempt a friendly guess.)
My quest for Google hits began after reading Luke 10â€™s ever-popular, well-known, oft-referenced â€œThe Good Samaritanâ€ parable. Without caring an iota for scholarly research, I believe â€œThe Good Samaritanâ€ and â€œThe Prodigal Sonâ€ are Jesusâ€™ best-known parables. Iâ€™ve heard people from faith traditions different from Christianity thoughtfully use these two stories. Iâ€™ve read novels and seen movies with plots based on â€˜em. Iâ€™m confident the average atheist, agnostic or believer would score equally well on a $64,000 Samaritan-Prodigal pop quiz, whether given in the classroom or a supermarket aisle.