Focal Passage: Luke 10:25-37
A lawyer, attempting to
argue theological matters, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responded
with the well-loved parable of The Good Samaritan — a story that exposes three
different attitudes toward life.
Jesus said, “A man was going
down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers.
“They stripped him, beat
him, and fled, leaving him half dead” (Lk. 10:30). The robbers’ attitude was,
“What’s yours is mine, and I’ll take it.”
Laying by the road, the
wounded man saw someone in clerical garb approaching. Surely the priest would
By birth and by calling, the
priest was meant to be a neighbor to the wounded man. But when he saw him, the
priest passed by on the other side (v. 31).
Later, a Levite, a priest’s
servant, approached. He, too, saw the man and passed by on the other side.
Neither inflicted additional harm to the man; they simply refused to become
involved. Their attitude was: “What’s mine is mine, and I’ll keep it.”
Finally, a Samaritan, a
mixed breed despised by the Jews, approached. While mercifully binding up the
man’s wounds, he asked no questions and made no judgments. He neither sought
reward for his help, nor felt inconvenienced. His attitude was, “What’s mine is
ours, and I’ll share it.”
How recently have you and I
played the Good Samaritan? Do we claim just anyone as our neighbor and see
everyone as our brother? Can we be kinder than necessary and hold back judgment
of others’ feelings and actions?
How about doing something
good secretly, like giving money to causes that feed the hungry, clothe the
poor, and offer medical help to the suffering around the world? And is there
someone whose inner wounds we can help God heal?
Do we forgive those who
wound or disappoint us? And do we remember to thank those who are Good
Samaritans to us?
Jesus asked the lawyer in
verse 36, “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man
who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
“The one who showed mercy to
him,” he said.
Then Jesus challenged the
man as He challenges us: “Go and do the same.”