What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor
to the man who encountered thieves?”
Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This is a one of the most beloved of all of Jesus’s stories. When Jesus tells stories (called “parables”) they usually have characters in them that have very strong contrasts. The stories are like having light and dark colors placed next to each other.
Samaritans were a very hated group of people. This makes the shock of Jesus’s story all the greater. A Samaritan stops to give help to a poor, helpless person, beaten up and left by the side of the road for dead. The professional religious persons, a priest and a Levite, walk right by the dying person, even across the street—perhaps rushing to the Temple so that they can say their prayers out loud and show off!
Feel the compassion in the story. What are you learning from it? Is there someone who needs you to be kind—someone whom everybody else is ignoring or forgetting about, or maybe worse: someone who is bullied or even beaten up?
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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