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The Rev. Christopher Henry

Tell Me a Story

Luke 10:25-37

Proper 10 (15) Year C

July 11, 2010

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

The parable that I read to you from the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37) is certainly the most widely known of all the stories Jesus told. Even the least churched among us recognize it. The language of the "Good Samaritan" is a part of our culture's working vocabulary. For example, both the United States and Canada have an entire section of legal code known as Good Samaritan Laws. The laws protect from liability anyone who chooses to help another person in some kind of distress. Their intent is to encourage bystanders to offer assistance to strangers in need, to be Good Samaritans. It is an important and noble objective. But it also represents a simplistic interpretation that misses most of the complexity and richness of the story that gave the laws their name. The story says much more than the laws. Remember that.

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