Bible Reading Luke 10: 25-37 [Message]
Today, it is about our call – to help bind up the sick and broken hearted, to help the homeless and to be the Good Samaritan.
This story today speaks to me about people in the establishment and those outside it.
The Levite and the priest represent the establishment, the government, the institutionalised society. The Samaritan represents the powerless, the outsider [as we know of first century Jewish society].
In our age we often expect politicians to take care of our poor, our less able, the disadvantaged, the old and sick and thus we abrogate our own responsibilities.
We expect ‘them’ to have the answers when – as this story reflects – the power to change situations really often rests with us.
We are called, with the Good Samaritan as our example, to go and do the same.
Within our congregation and the groups that meet here, there are indeed folks who help support the wonderful work of the Homeless Hub.
Julie Mitchell is the manager of this important service and given the difficulties with funding, seasonal need, unexpected events, she continues with her work which is obviously a calling on her heart.
Thank you Julie for being with us.
- Guest Speaker Julie Mitchell – Homeless Hub
Can you tell us …
- why the Homeless Hub exists and how it came about?
- How can we, in this part of the world, help?
- What do you see in the future regarding homelessness? I heard you say that anyone of us may only be a few months away from homelessness.
- What needs to change to make the world a better place?