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The Good Samaritan Vincent Van Gogh
Every once in a while I throw a Good Samaritan or a Bad Samaritan story your way.There were two news items tonight from different countries but with similar themes. In New York a surveillance camera caught the stabbing of a homeless man as he tried to defend a woman who was being attacked. As he lay on the sidewalk more than twenty people walked past the spot where he lay dying. Some actually took cell phone photographs and one person turned him over. None sought help.In Toronto the Supposedly Good a man in his seventies was robbed on a subway train by two men in their twenties. The others on the car did nothing to help him.
Actually, it's easier to read Jesus' parable about a generous man from Samaria who crosses ethnic boundaries to help a Jewish man who has been attacked by thieves. It is his answer to the question, who is my neighbour? We tend to admire those who are generous and heroic and compassionate, but it can be difficult when we are in the moment.
Did the passersby in New York assume this was a drunk crumpled on the ground? Where they afraid that the assailant was nearby? Were the riders on the train simply hoping that the thieves wouldn't turn on them? It isn't always easy to do the right thing.
Have you ever chosen not to respond to someone in distress and regretted it later? Have you done the right thing with some risk or cost attached?
Sunday, April 25, 2010
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in all the near and distant corners of the universe.
Nothing exists that does not find its source in God.
Our first response to God’s providence is gratitude.
We sing thanksgiving.
Finding ourselves in a world of beauty and mystery,
of living things, diverse and interdependent,
of complex patterns of growth and evolution,
of subatomic particles and cosmic swirls,
we sing of God the Creator,
the Maker and Source of all that is.
Each part of creation reveals unique aspects of God the Creator,
who is both in creation and beyond it.
All parts of creation, animate and inanimate, are related.
All creation is good.
We sing of the Creator,
who made humans to live and move
and have their being in God. Song of Faith UCC
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I suppose I am biased but I think he does a really good job. He admitted that the "min-doc" contains a lot of staged scenes and I wondered why the questions didn't invite him into a more God-talk. Still, as someone whose ability to speak French is restricted to cereal boxes, I though it turned out well.
The banter was around his saintliness in the documentary. He wondered when they were going to do the scene where he parted the waters of the Red Sea. I reminded him that they do walk as a couple between the snowbanks of downtown Montreal.
Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-alhoO8QG-I It's worth it just to see me with a full head of dark hair and Ruth as a redhead!
Any thoughts? Did you realize that we have French-speaking congregations in the United Church? Have you heard that our General Council plans to expand that ministry?