so today i played an important role in a parable. i found myself acting as a main character in one of the stories Jesus told. perhaps you yourself have heard, seen or even been involved in this drama before. today i was a part of it.

it goes something like this…

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“i was hassled and a little stressed. running late for a very important meeting. a board meeting at the national headquarters of our church denomination in belfast. it was my first time being present on this board so i had a lot on my mind. important stuff obviously.

then i saw someone in need. selling something. needing money. hungry possibly. poor definitely.

but i couldn’t stop. no way. i was late and i had an important place to get to. i had to go and do some church business.

so i rushed on past. decided not to look into their eyes and smile this time. felt that would raise false hope. so kept my head down. sure someone else might stop. someone who has time on their hands and less pressing issues.

felt bad for a moment but it was soon a distant memory as i settled down to consider the events and programmes that were running for young people across the country. sure i was doing my bit.

and it’s okay though, cos luckily later this afternoon i was heading to do my bit with a group of young people before rushing up to Coleraine Uni to speak to the students of the Christian Union at night. and those were my important things in the day.”

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“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man…?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
luke 10:36-37

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