These scripture based activities contain a passage from the Bible for families to read and explore together. However, don’t feel limited by what’s here! There are so many other passages you could use, including choosing from the readings of the day or the readings from the Sunday mass.
One way of exploring scripture as a family is reading the passage together before a meal and then discussing it while eating.
"On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher, he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The priest and the Levite (also a kind of priest) should have stopped, but didn’t. They probably had ‘good’ reasons – maybe they wanted to avoid becoming ‘unclean’ before going to the temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans were hated by many Jews, so Jesus’ audience would have been shocked that he stopped. This is a very surprising story. Imagine being part of the crowd listening!
- Who might be the priest, Levite and Samaritan if Jesus’ story was happening today?
- Jesus tells us to “Go and do likewise”. How might we do this as families?