“Have You And I Been A Good Samaritan?”

17 04 2011

Greetings I bring to you my dear friends in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ Our Redeemer! Dear friends, as we go to another article, let us ask ourselves today if  “We had been a good Samaritan to someone Today!”  In fact to say there are only a minority and not majority who are willing to be a Good Samaritan! Their response is “Why bother?” about other people! Let us have a look what the word of God has to say!

Dearly beloved friends, many of us do claim that we are believers in Christ Jesus but we do not have the values of Christlike nature in us! Jesus Christ was known as the “Good Samaritan” because of all the good deeds that he had done for others especially, feeding the poor, healing those who are lame, blind,the deaf and the mute, the cripple and those down with leprosy! Jesus was seen mostly among the outcast and those rejected by the society! He was never seen to be with the righteous but with the sinners! He moved with His disciples who were mere fishermen who did not even knew how to read and write! Let us be sincere with ourselves friends! How many of us have been moving around and helping those who are really in need for our help? Friends, it is not all about money! At times people only need a “shoulder to cry on.” Have you given anyone your shoulders to cry on when they were in deep sorrow or trouble? Have you gone to the hospital to visit a friend and to pray for them? Have you gone to the “Old Folks Home” to see those people who have been rejected and abandon by their children?

Dear friends, it is very easy indeed to claim that we are believers in Christ but to live like Him it is so difficult for some of us! We just do not seem to care for others. If we and our family are fine then its all well and done! Do you know friends, how some of us believers have become so selfish that we cannot get connected with those who have been rejected by the society and the outcast! Friends, let me take you to the word of God where it speaks about the “Parable of the Good Samaritan” found in the gospel of St Luke 10:25 onwards. Here an “expert” in the law stood up to “test” Jesus. He asked Jesus “what must he do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked him back since he was an expert in the law, “What is written in the Law and how do you read it?” He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and mind” and Love your neighbor as yourself!” Jesus replied to him that he had answered correctly and go on and do as it was written!

Friends, the man still wanted to justify himself  so he asked  Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus told him this parable. A man was going to a town when he fell into the hands of the robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A “priest” happened to be going down on the same road and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. Imagine my friends, a priest that is a servant of God who is doing such a thing and I wonder how is he going to preach about the “kingdom of God!” After that a Levite too was passing the same place and he too did what the priest did! The Levites are also people from the priestly tribe chosen by God!

Friends, here comes the best part of the parable! A Samaritan was traveling along the same path but he made a difference! He stopped and went and help the man. He bandaged his wounds and put him on his donkey and took him to a nearest inn and took care of him! Friends, out of these three, who do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers! Of course it was the “Good Samaritan!” And that was also the reply given by the expert in the Law when Jesus asked him that same question and Jesus told him to “Go and do likewise” like the good Samaritan and not like the priest or the Levite! Friends, even today there are some of us believers who behave like the priest and the Levite! Today, my dear friends, Jesus is “The Good Samaritan” that we must follow to be like. We are all God’s children and we must be like one! Have a Blessed Lent Season!

God Bless.

Jasmine.C

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