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
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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,
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,
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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