Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
July 7, 2019
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July 21, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


A good Samaritan. The phrase has fallen into modern parlance to describe anyone who performs a random act of kindness. But we, separated from the culture that surrounded Jesus, miss out on the force of this parable if we do not know who the Samaritans were. After the separation of Judah from Israel, King Omri of the Northern Kingdom had bought a hill called Samaria from Shemer. We hear of this transaction in the first book of Kings. On that hill he built the city of Samaria which became the capital of his territory. But in 722 BC, the city was captured by the Assyrians. [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]