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Proper 15 C 2013

Proper 15 C 2013

Sermon by Stuart PikePhoto Credit: Lawrence OP on Flickr.comSermon Text:Today’s Gospel lesson is so familiar it has practically become a colloquialism. Because of this, we are in danger of truly being open to the story, and actually learning something new.Our brains say, “Ok, Good Samaritan, we’re supposed to be kind to strangers. Well, duh, of course we are.” And then our brains shut down.The only problem is, even though we know the moral of this story, it doesn’t really mean that we will practice it. Especially when we get busy.In an article entitled, “Too busy to be a Good Samaritan”, Jason Johston, a pastor in Texas writes about the 1973 Princeton University Study by two students of Psychology there by the names of John Darley and Daniel Batson.“Darley and Batson met with a group of Princeton Theological Seminary students and asked half of them to prepare a short talk on employment opportunities for divinity students after graduation, and the other half to prepare a talk on the par