When Nationalism and Self-Righteousness, Surface

Thanks to Jessica McCardle for this wonderful version of Luke 10! Check out The Spiritual Activist for her gifted reflections on scripture.

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“‘Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ Jesus asked.   The lawyer answered, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’   Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.'”  Luke 10:27

In the wake of ICE raids and cruel incarceration at our borders, Luke’s Gospel provides not a comfortable narrative but a subversive parable – exposing not only the ancient bystander’s unconscious prejudice but in particular our own.    Here is a modern retelling of this timeless classic:

Once there was an elderly woman who needed some groceries at the market in a neighboring town.   Not wanting to take the bus, she called for a cab to come and pick her up at her home.   It was late in the day.

When she arrived at the market, rather than select her items right away – she took a few minutes…

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1 Response to When Nationalism and Self-Righteousness, Surface

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    Thank you, Maren, for re-blogging my latest piece. I have you to thank for continued inspiration!

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