The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Painting As many of you know, I teach in a public school, here in NE Texas.

I believe many consider this area to be  included in the region known as the ‘Bible Belt’.

I’m an English/Reading teacher for 7th grade junior high students.

Today, I had a short story selected from our literature book that we were going to read together.  It’s about a teenage Hispanic boy who has been poorly treated by a neighbor on several occasions and wants nothing to do with him any more until he drives by on a hot day and finds the elderly neighbor stranded on the side of the road.

The title of the story:  The Good Samaritan

So before starting the story, I simply asked both classes in an attempt to engage them if they could tell me where they had heard this title before.
And I was taken back to discover that nearly 95% of the kids I had earlier today were hearing this term for the first time.

So I pulled out another book I have here and read them this story:
(It comes from the gospel of St. Luke)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


As a side-note- The county I live in is reported to have 150+ churches in the area.

I’ll leave it to you to form your own conclusions.