The story can be condensed as follows:
There was once someone who did such amazing things and said such wonderful things that people followed him. As they followed him they heard him speaking of many things. Sometimes people asked him questions.
One day a person asked him what the most important thing in life is. The person he asked said, "You already know."
"That is true. I do. It is to love God and to love people just like they are your neighbors." The person paused awhile and thought. He then asked another question, "But who is my neighbor?"
The person he asked then told this parable.
"There was once someone who went from Jerusalem down to Jericho. He was attacked by robbers. They hurt him, took everything that he had, and left him by the side of the road helf dead. There was a priest of the temple who went on the road from Jerusalem down to Jericho. He came upon the person who had been hurt, had everything taken from him, and had been left by the side of the road half dead. But the priest went to the other side and went along his way.
There was also someone else who worked at the temple who went from Jerusalem down to Jericho. He was one of the people who helped the priests. He was called a Levite. When the Levite came upon the person who had been hurt, had everything taken from him, and had been left half dead, he went to the other side, and he went along his way.
There was also a person who went on the road who did not live in Jerusalem. He was visiting from a country called Samaria. The people in Samaria did not like the people from Jerusalem and the people in Jerusalem did not like the people from Samaria.
When the stranger came upon the person who had been hurt, had everything taken from him, and had been left half dead, the stranger went to him. The stranger put medicine on the places where the person was hurt. He put his coat on him. He then put him on his donkey and took him to a place to spend the night. The stranger even stayed with him all the night and in the morning he gave the innkeeper enough money for him to stay there until he was well."
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
- I wonder who is the neighbor to the person who was hurt, had everything taken from him, and was left by the side of the road half dead?
- I wonder what would happen if the people in the parable were women and not men?
- I wonder what would happen if the person finding the injured traveler were a child?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
You may view a video presentation of this lesson on YouTube.
There will be no class on February 15. We will return on February 22 with our Holy Family lesson as we prepare for Lent and Easter.