Jesus’ story of the “good Samaritan” reminds us that a religion that passes by on the other side is really no religion at all. Who is my neighbor?
But a Samaritan comes by with the acceptable response. WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? THE SAMARITAN REPLIES, THE ONE IN NEED.
Maybe you know from being in church that Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. The bitter strife had been around for centuries. So for Jesus to make a Samaritan the hero of this story is like a knockout punch in the third round of a title fight. His hearers had to be stunned, shocked, stumped. But the message is powerfully clear.
Need has no boundaries of race, region, religion, or relationship. You don’t throw a life away just because it’s been banged up a bit. It’s not those who talk the talk but those who walk the walk that make a difference in the hour of need.
The Samaritan had eyes to see, a heart to care and gifts to share. Over a 6-week period, beginning September 19, Mt. Carmel will be asking, “Exactly what part of being a neighbor don’t we understand?”
I ran across a little piece I found relevant. It’s called “Always.”