Questions for Week of July 14 – 20
- Fr. Jonathan said in his sermon that if we are going to understand this parable we have to understand the role we are meant to play in the story. In the early church’s interpretation of this parable, Christ was the Samaritan, sinful humanity was the man who had been beaten and left for dead, and the church was the inn in which the healing of humanity took place. We who are the church’s members are called to serve as ‘innkeepers’, participating in the work of Christ. How does this way of reading the parable change your understanding of its significance?
- What would it look like to be ‘innkeepers’ and not Samaritans in your neighborhood and work?
- Fr. Jonathan said in his sermon that the story of Mary and Martha interprets the parable of the Good Samaritan. If we are to be ‘innkeepers’, we must cultivate the posture of Mary, even though we must be about the activities of Martha. What would it look like in your life to, as Dallas Willard said, ‘ruthlessly eliminate hurry’ so that you can embody the posture of Mary which is necessary to being an ‘innkeeper’?