RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, July 14, 2019
RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).
Main Idea: Jesus challenges us to love the seemingly unlovable.
This is a great story to show how gray (that is, not black and white) this world truly is. Those of us who have been raised on the story of the Good Samaritan have effectively replaced Samaritan with saint. But the Samaritan wasn’t a saint to the Jews. The Jews had been raised to believe the Samaritans were inferior because they were Jews that had intermarried with non-Jews, so were not pure of blood. This would make them unclean, and likewise it wasn’t a stretch to consider them shady in character as well. This makes the story all the more perplexing when the shady, unclean one gave so much of himself to aid the one he knew hated him. Granted, this was a parable, but the imagery invoked is hard to reconcile.
A friend of mine once told me of a sermon she had heard that challenged hearers to love the unlovable – the homeless, addicted, and mentally ill. But she had a soft spot for those folks. To imagine loving them was not hard for her at all. So she thought about it and concluded that there would, indeed, be someone she would have a hard time loving. Earlier in the week she had received a phone call from a person who obviously was a scammer trying to steal access to her computer and its contents. She realized she had a really hard time loving that person. The traditionally unloved were not hard for her, but telephone scammers were. It kind of makes me wonder: who do I have a hard time loving? If I were to find out that a telephone scammer gave a portion of their stolen funds to charity, would it change my disdain for them?
A gray world, indeed.
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