A Hit Close To Home

Luke 10:25-37 – The 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time – for Sunday, July 14, 2013

“‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” (Luke 10:25)

beatles-jesusI googled ten words/phrases/names, wondering which one would get the most “hits.” 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:

  • Beatles
  • God
  • Golden Rule
  • Good Samaritan
  • Jesus
  • Larry Patten
  • Obama
  • Pat Robertson
  • Prodigal Son
  • Ten Commandments

Here are the “hits” each received (from my exhaustive efforts):

  • 1,660,000,000
  • 809,000,000
  • 663,000,000
  • 213,000,000
  • 54,000,000
  • 12,600,000
  • 8,970,000
  • 4,430,000
  • 3,200,000
  • 5,760

What word matched which number? Guess! (And please, no cheating . . . don’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 10’s ever-popular, well-known, oft-referenced “The Good Samaritan” parable. Without caring an iota for scholarly research, I believe “The Good Samaritan” and “The Prodigal Son” are Jesus’ best-known parables. I’ve heard people from faith traditions different from Christianity thoughtfully use these two stories. I’ve read novels and seen movies with plots based on ‘em. I’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.

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