Jun 24, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Who is My Neighbor?

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 10: 25-37, where Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is set for three voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Luke 10: 25-37

One:     One day an expert in religious law decided to test Jesus.
He stood up and asked him this question:

Two:     Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?

Three:   What does the law of Moses say?
How do you read it?”

Two:     It says,
‘You must love the Lord your God
with all your heart, all your soul,
all your strength, and all your mind.’
It also says,
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Three:   That’s exactly right!
            Do this and you will live!

One:     But the man, wanting to justify his actions,
asked another question:

Two:     But who is my neighbor?

One:     Jesus answered his question by telling him a story.

Three:   A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho,
and he was attacked by bandits.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up,
and left him half dead beside the road.

By chance a priest came along.
But when he saw the man lying there,
he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 

A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there,
but he also passed by on the other side.

Then a despised Samaritan came along,
and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 
Going over to him,
the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine
and bandaged them.
Then he put the man on his own donkey
and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 
The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, 
telling him, ‘Take care of this man.
If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

Now which of these three would you say
was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?

Two:     The one who showed him mercy.

Three:   Yes.  Now you go and do the same.