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11/04/2014

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The Good Samaritan Conclusion


"The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you have'" (Lk.10:35).

Throughout the history of man, from political scientists to natural ones, people find that advancement takes place when the right questions are asked. When astronomers asked questions about the earth being the center of the universe, they were bound to be frustrated by their answers... The question that precipitated Jesus delivering the parable of The Good Samaritan, "who is my neighbor," was not answered by Jesus. Why? Because it was the wrong question! The parable of The Good Samaritan turned the lawyer's question in a new direction... Jesus showed Himself to be the Master Teacher no more definitively than in this parable. Why? Because the relevant question is not "who is my neighbor?" The answer, "whoever is in need," goes in the right direction, but is not to the point of the matter yet... To love our neighbor as self requires that one recognize one another's needs.... A knowledge of one's ethnicity, race, or station in life is immaterial. Goodness is sometimes found in the despised and downtrodden, and selfish neglect may be found in those we esteem... So, just what is the lesson we ought to glean from this parable? I actually find it to be rather simple. What really matters for Christians is that they be willing to act with the compassion and charity displayed by the Samaritan... Simple... Powerful... Necessary...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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