Luke 9:51-62 dramatised

Luke 9:51-62 – a drama to use in worship

For Third Sunday after Pentecost
Year C

Translation by Rex Hunt, Australia (Read more about Rex Hunt at end of post.)

Actors: Jesus, Narrator, James/John, Followers 1,2,3

Script ready-to-use — download here:

Luke 9,51-62 drama 6 readers PDF
Luke 9,51-62 drama 6 readers WORD



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?’


But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Jesus:  [look at James/John and shake head and finger.]


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,


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,


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:


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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