The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
I love this parable, because it describes active love and faith in action.
Recently there was a news story about a man in Idaho that saw a car precariously hanging over the edge of a thirty foot cliff, held only by a chain link fence that was giving way.
He ran up the embankment, helped to free the man from his car, sat on a bank, and talked about God. Then, he left the scene, because he didn’t think he did anything special, and didn’t want people to make a fuss over him. He said he did what anybody would have done.
That reminds me of the good Samaritan story.
Here is a link to the article about the modern day Samaritan:
Thank You, God, for giving us grace and love and help. I pray that when we see a hurting world, that we would be moved to action with help and care too. Not everyone would take the effort to climb a steep hill to help a man in trouble. It is an analogy too, of how Jesus saw our great needs, and helped us, saved us, and redeemed us! Thank You for everything. I pray for workers for the harvest, and for Your will to be done. In the name of Jesus, Amen.