For Third Sunday after Pentecost
Translation by Rex Hunt, Australia (Read more about Rex Hunt at end of post.)
Actors: Jesus, Narrator, James/John, Followers 1,2,3
Let us now listen to a story from our religious tradition.
Luke tells it like this: Jesus and some others set out on the road for Jerusalem. Some went on ahead into a Samaritan village to make preparations, but the people would not receive Jesus because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said,
James & John: Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?
Narrator: But Jesus turned and rebuked them.
Jesus: [Look at James/John and shake head and finger.]
Narrator: And they went off to another village. As they travelled along they met someone on the road who said to Jesus,
Follower 1: I will follow you wherever you go.
Narrator: Jesus answered,
Jesus: Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but I have nowhere to lay my head.
Narrator: To another Jesus said,
Jesus: Follow me!
Narrator: This one replied,
Follower 2: Let me go and bury my parents first.
Narrator: But Jesus answered,
Jesus: Leave the dead to bury the dead. Your duty is to go and spread the news of the realm of God.
Narrator: Another said,
Follower 3: I will follow you. But first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.
Narrator: Jesus said:
Jesus: Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the realm of God.
Narrator: This is the end of Luke’s story. May God bless our hearing with understanding.
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