In light of a lot of what's happening right now, what does this parable of Jesus say to us today?
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test
Jesus by asking him this question:
"Teacher, what should I do to inherit
26 Jesus replied,
"What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?"
27 The man answered,
"'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.'
And, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
28 "Right!" Jesus told him. "Do this and you will live!"
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
30 Jesus replied with a story:
Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was
attacked by bandits.
They stripped him of his clothes,
beat him up,
left him half dead beside the road.
31 "By chance a priest came along.
But when he saw the man lying there,
he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.
32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there,
but he also passed by on the other side.
33 "Then a despised Samaritan came along,
and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.
over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine
and bandaged them.
Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to
where he took care of him.
next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him,
care of this man.
If his bill runs higher than this, I'll pay you the
next time I'm here.'
36 "Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?" Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy."
Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same."