May 25, 2020

Called to Compassion

“In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.’” – Luke 10:30-33 Yesterday, we talked about the long-standing hatred between the Jews and Samaritans, and we learned how radical it was for Jesus to infer that a Hebrew rabbi should consider a member of this hybrid race his neighbor. Today, I want to look at the parable of the Good Samaritan —

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