Reflections on the Good Samaritan

GoodSamaritanBefore we go rushing down the Jericho road imagining ourselves the heroes of the story, we need to be quiet, allow ourselves to be comforted, and listen in on the conversations in the Hotel Compassion, where all the talk is about the compassion of the Lord.
— Patrick J. Willson

Let no one glean from Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan that being a loving and merciful person is enough to gain eternal life.  Remember that “Jesus died as the ultimate Good Samaritan at the world’s dark roadside.”
— George  Buttrick

He drew a circle that shut me out—
heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
— Edwin Markham’s Poem, “Outwitted”

The Christian ideal of ‘neighborliness’ springs from love as the law of life (1 John 4:7-21). It shows itself in different forms:
in family… tender care,
in neighborhood…courtesy,
in friendship…sympathy,
in business…integrity,
in distress…mercy,
in nation…patriotic sacrifice,
in world…benevolent service,
and in church…brother love.
—  W.H. Griffith-Thomas

Jesus is the ultimate Good Samaritan who full of mercy pays the ultimate sacrifice to bring healing and wholeness to bruised and broken people like us.

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