Last Sunday we shared together in the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable was familiar to all of the children and they shared their thoughts freely. Several of the children noted that the priest and the Levite in the story were mostly thinking about themselves, while the Good Samaritan was thinking about what would happen to the hurt man. One girl thought that the priest might be worried if other people saw him with a half-dead person. Another boy noted that that the priest and Levite might have been afraid to help because the robbers might come back and hurt them too.
After our reflection time I gave them a choice between art, a drama activity, or writing their thoughts. All but one enthusiastically wanted to act out the parable. We chose different parts then I narrated as they dramatized the actions. They liked it so much they wanted to act it out again, so we did. Then we returned to our seats and drew our favorite part while we ate a snack of apples. Several children said their favorite part was when the Good Samaritan paid for the hurt traveler to stay at the inn.
I’m noticing that this class has a different overall personality from last year’s. Most of them really like acting out ideas and being on stage in front of the rest of the class. Art in general doesn’t seem to be their favorite way of expression, unless it involves comedy. Then we have a couple of people that are very uncomfortable with acting and prefer to draw or be spectators. This is going to be an interesting year in trying to create an environment that meets their needs.
Here is the story of the Good Samaritan as found in Luke 10.
. . . But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.