“Whose Love Do We Reflect”
I have always enjoyed the parable of the Good Samaritan. I am not sure why exactly, but I have.
Perhaps one of the reasons that it is intriguing to me is the fact that this Biblical account is surprising.
You are invited to read the following verses.
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 fell into the hands of 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, took him to an inn and took care of him.
35 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 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.”
Did you see the surprise?
The persons we expect to help are the first two men.
We would expect the Priest and the Levite to help, they do not.
In addition, along comes this Samaritan, whom we know the first men would have despised. Yet, he reflects God’s love.
Then Jesus admonishes the religious leaders are supposed to reflect the love the Samaritan did. Oh, how that comment must have stung.
No matter the sting, Jesus was right and the religious leaders were wrong, again.
Let us as believers be sure to reflect the love of the Good Neighbor to the people we meet, that we work with, and our friends.
Yes, we also reflect this love in our families. Amen