But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii 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.” “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” (the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan) The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him. “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:33-37)
A physical therapist I worked with had a seizure while driving. Her car plunged over a bridge into a lake. A man observed, dove into the lake, broke her car window, and pulled her out of the car and the lake. If this Good Samaritan hadn’t shown love for a stranger, my friend would’ve died.
It isn’t often we have the opportunity to save someone’s life, but many need help. The Good Samaritan offered help that required specific knowledge (first aid), transportation, empathy, non-prejudice, money, risk, inconvenience, time, and dedication. Being a Good Samaritan requires giving help. A neighbor is anyone who needs mercy or help. Jesus challenges us to be a Good Samaritans to our neighbors.
Heavenly Father, show me a neighbor I can love today. Everyone needs help or mercy. If I’m indoors today, help me think of someone I can call or write to show Your love. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.