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Somebody's Not Doing His Job

**And who is my neighbor?** (Luke 10:29).
Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalms 69:14,17,30-31,33-34,36-37; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Topic Good Samaritan

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:29


There is a "Peanuts" cartoon in which little Lucy asks, "Why do you think we're put here on earth, Charlie Brown?" "To make others happy," says Charlie. To which Lucy replies, "I don't think I'm making anyone very happy." Then, thinking it over, she says, "Of course nobody's making me very happy either. SOMEBODY'S NOT DOING HIS JOB!"

In another "Peanuts" strip, Charlie Brown is sitting at a desk in his classroom, reading from a paper that's been handed to him. "It's about a new Course," he says to the boy sitting next to him. "As soon as I saw it on the list, I signed up." "What's it called?" the other boy asks. "Remedial Living," Charlie replies.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus gives a course in "Remedial Living" in the form of a parable which speaks to little Lucy's complaint that she's unhappy because "Somebody's not doing his job." It's a familiar Course known as the "Good Samaritan" parable. In it, Jesus answers the question asked of Him by a learned Jewish lawyer: "Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" The lawyer correctly recites the Old Testament Law: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." Then he asks Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (Lk. 10:25-27,29).

We all know the Good Samaritan scenario. A Jewish man is attacked by thugs and is left lying in a roadside ditch, half-dead. In turn, a Temple priest and another co-religionist pass him by without stopping to help. (They're too busy attending to their "religious" duties.) Then a Samaritan comes along. (In Jesus' time, Samaritans were branded by religious Jews as renegades -- outcasts, and Jews would not associate with them.) The Samaritan is moved at the sight of the distressed man. He stops, he dresses the man's wounds, takes him to an inn to recuperate, and pays for his room.

Jesus tells the story not simply to contrast [...]

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