Friday, February 1, 2013

Dare to Dream in 2013!

"The Good Samaritan" Luke 10:25-37

Amber and Maddie lead us off with the first post for 2013!

Today was our first day back for 2013 and we're rearing to go! We started to learn about the story of the Good Samaritan as that will be our religious focus for this year. Because we attend a "St Lukes" school, our focus always has a Lukan theme.  painting by Van Gogh

We practised "lectio divina" or sacred reading) with our new text. After quietly listening to the story, we selected a word that spoke to us....
Jess chose "pity" because that was the emotion the Samaritan showed to the injured person
Georgia chose "care" because it's always nice to have someone care for you.
Carley chose "neighbour" "because that word makes me feel safe."
Norhan chose "Samaritan" because he was the only one who showed mercy.
Rylee chose "likewise" because we can learn from other people when they do good deeds.

A brief outline of Lectio Divina suitable for younger students.
  • Moment One: Listen –Students are invited to listen to the passage with the ear of the heart and let the words sink in deeply.
  • Moment Two: Reflect –Students are invited to reflect on the passage paying attention to how it speaks to them personally. There may be a word ot phrase that stays with them.
  • Moment Three: Respond – Students are invited to respond through prayer (publicly or privately).
  • Moment Four: Rest –Students are then invited to rest silently in God’s presence.


  1. Hi there!
    Mary here from Holy Spirit in North Ringwood. I love the way you have reflected on the sacred text and I will use this idea with my students to focus on one word that is important to them. Actually, I am doing something similar to this with all my teachers next week, except we are using an image. Thanks for sharing this great way of understanding an important story.
    Look forward to visiting again soon so see what you have been up to!

  2. Great post Amber and Maddie. I haven't used that form before. Sounds like a great way to understand what you are reading about, and what has touched you individually. Everyone is different and that is a blessing too!! Keep shepherding each other and being good neighbours!! Cheers Mrs Bellesini :)