Sunday, July 15, 2007

Jesus is the Good Samaritan

Our Gospel reading for today (Luke 10:25-37) tells the story of the Good Samaritan. In answering the question, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus tells us how we can be a neighbor. Jesus' teaching gives more of a picture of who we can be rather than what we can do.

This familiar story tells us of the man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was mugged, robbed and left half dead on the side of the road. Various religious authorities kept their distance on the other side of the road, but the Samaritan "came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity." So the Samaritan whom Jesus calls good put the wounded man on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him.

When the Samaritan left the next morning he gave the innkeeper some money and said, "Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend." I like to think that as a church we are rather like the innkeeper. Jesus finds wounded people and brings them to us. He says to us, "Take care of them; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend."

Jesus is the Good Samaritan. Jesus has shown mercy. Have we gone and done likewise?

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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