Are you a good Samaritan?

If someone were to ask us if we are good Samaritans, we would probably answer, "Well, I think so. Or at least I would be one if I had the opportunity. But I never meet up with similar situations." Could an answer like that mean we are passing by "on the other side," like the priest and Levite in Jesus' parable? See Luke 10:25–37. There are limitless opportunities every day, right at hand, to be a good Samaritan, regardless of where we are.

This parable of the Master, Christ Jesus, doesn't just apply if we happen, in person, upon someone who is desperately in need of help. It beautifully amplifies the meaning of neighbor so we see that everyone, whoever and wherever he or she may be, is our neighbor. And in one way or another we all need each other's help. Loving our neighbor as ourselves, as Jesus commanded, is far more than a duty—it is a joyous privilege. If we genuinely put our heart into it, we will naturally be a good Samaritan. The spiritual law requiring us to love our neighbor as ourselves clearly includes being a good Samaritan and living by the Golden Rule.

Effortless joy
September 17, 1984

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