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Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Good Samaritan: The West Wing

Today's gospel reading reminded me of an episode of The West Wing in which Josh may lose his job because of psychological problems, but Leo, who's had addition problems himself, tells him a story. In Jesus' parable, he's asked who one's neighbor is, and in Leo's story the person who will actually help is defined as a friend ....

This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out.

A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, "Hey you. Can you help me out?" The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, "Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a friend walks by, "Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here." The friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out."


Blogger Dina said...

Ha. "I know the way out." That's a good one to remember.

8:30 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


8:53 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Hey, get ready for this!

11:36 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Dina. He sure is more popular than his predecessor!

11:49 AM  

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