Reflecting on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Reverend Julie writes...
In response to a question by a lawyer, Jesus responds typically with a question: What is written in the law?
The lawyer answered:
“ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”
The lawyer then asked: ‘who is my neighbour?’ and with the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus answers – everyone is! No matter what race, gender, colour, sexuality or proximity i.e. near or far, everyone deserves the love of God. Being a good neighbour is responding well and sensitively to the need of another human being. This would have been a shock to the lawyer as they would only socialise with certain people. The parable showed the goodness of a Samaritan which the lawyer (symbolising the Jewish people at that time) would have had no respect for. It was the Samaritan who helped a man fighting for his life.
The parable can be read very simply to answer ‘who is my neighbour’? but it has hidden depths. It can be really easy to throw away the ending of this parable only seeing one man help another. However, there is real compassion and generosity in the parable, not just during the time of practical action, but afterwards in the ‘after care’. The Samaritan did not just throw money at the problem or signpost them to where they could get help, he went that extra mile. He made sure the man was well cared for, coming back to make sure the
man was OK and that there were no outstanding expenses. The cost included his personal time and effort, he gave of his things and importantly he gave of himself, to help another. This compassion and generosity comes from the heart: initially by loving God and this enables us to love others with such generosity. In this way, are we fulfilling the 2 greatestcommandments that remain important to us today:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”
How can we learn and grow in our faith?
The smallest of seeds of faith can grow into something strong and mighty, if you are looking to know about Jesus that seed is already growing.
We can learn about Jesus and grow in faith in many ways: praying, reading the bible, joining a church – online or in person, talking to others about where you are with your faith or maybe join a group that helps you learn more about your faith.
If you have any questions about your faith or want to know who Jesus is, then please drop me an email via our website https://www.crosby-saintgeorge.uk/ or leave a comment or
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The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37 can be found at:
or to hear the story try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLzdQtetedc
May God fill your hearts with Love, Joy and Peace
God bless, Reverend Julie