Family Sunday School
February 21, 2021
The Samaritan, Martha and Mary Our first stories in Lent are radical lessons in what it means to be successful. Jesus demonstrates that what might be understood as “success” by ourselves, our culture, or the world is not actually life-giving; acts of mercy and discipleship, not pride in the pursuit of righteousness, are what truly embody the kingdom. In today’s story, a “lawyer” (a scholar of Hebrew law and its application to daily life) tests Jesus with a grand question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responds with the now-beloved story of the Good Samaritan. Although the priest and the Levite avoid the beaten man in order to preserve their religious purity, they are not following the central commandments of loving God and neighbor, and are therefore outdone by this outsider and non-believer.
God’s kingdom appears in acts of mercy and love. Our lives are full of expectations and guidelines for behavior, often seeming to promise success if we can follow the rules. But instead, Jesus lifts up those who make culturally inappropriate—even dangerous—choices that show love for God and for neighbor. Today we explore how to follow Jesus’ radical example in our own lives, discussing expectations, boundaries, and our own hopes and callings for God’s work in the world.
Loving God, you offer care and compassion to all of us. Some of us have wounds others can see. Help us heal. Some of us have wounds we hide. Help us trust. Some of us have wounds we do not even know. Help us grow. For all your beloved children, we pray. Amen.
The Golden Rule
Love One Another
Please practice this song for Easter:
1, 2, 3, Jesus is Alive