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Are You a Good Samaritan?
We are all aware what a “Good Samaritan” means.This colloquial phrase, "Good Samaritan" means someone who helps a stranger.
This meaning was derived from a parable Jesus told His people in response to the question "Who is my neighbour?", which the book of Leviticus 19:18, says should be loved.
Leviticus 19:18: “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord."
We all know the story and lesson of a Samaritan who helped a stranger on his way. But for all who just came across the story, let me have a quick recap of what’s the story all about.
The Parable of a Good Samaritan
A man who was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho fell among the highway robbers. The poor man was stripped, beaten and was left half-dead by the robbers.
The first to pass by was a priest. When the priest saw the man, he walked on the other side of the road, so as not to get involved with the poor man.
Then the Levite came, who did the same, ignoring the half-dead man. After a while, a certain Samaritan passed by this poor man and was moved by compassion.
He bound the man’s wound and set him on his animal and brought him to an inn and told the innkeeper to take care of the wounded man.
He gave the innkeeper two Denarii and advised him that if he spent beyond the what he gave him, he will pay it when he return.
We have all the kindness in our hearts like that of the Good Samaritan, however, we sometimes forget it and let wickedness rule our hearts. Why? Are we afraid to take responsibility?
Are we afraid for those additional actions will result to loss of our resources? There are so many reasons for our actions, may it be positive or negative. But come to think of it, if nobody will help, who else will?
Every people have different past, different stories to tell and different pains and hurts they are suffering. Today, the world has become more modernized that people tend to forget who they were, even betray friends and relatives, just to get what they want.
Where is now the “good Samaritan” inside of us?
What's your talent?
- The Parable of the Talents
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Let me tell you a story about a lesson gained from the Parable of the Good Samaritan:
Students were waiting inside the classroom for their teacher to take an exam about yesterday’s lesson, the Good Samaritan. Then a co-teacher walked inside, paste a note on the board that says:
“Please proceed to the GYM, where you will take the exam”.
The gym was far, on the other side of the building. The students ran and passed by an old beggar with an empty can on his hand. But no dared to put a penny since they were already late for the exam. They passed again on a dog tied to a tree with the water container too far for the dog to reach.
The last one, before the gym, they passed along an old lady trying to reach her cane. But again, nobody pitied the elderly.
So the teacher was waiting at the gym, no books, and no papers on his hand. When at last, the students rushed in and the teacher just said, “You all failed.”
He had purposely put all those people to see if any of his students understood what is the lesson behind the parable of a good Samaritan. And no one did.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is not only a story, but also a reminder for all of us to remember to take time and to look around us, eyes and hearts open.
This is not only for the sake of perfecting the exam at school but what matters is that, we understood its meaning to the fullest and live on it each day of our lives.
Well, it’s not only the wounded man left by the robbers we would help. Look around and open your heart to others.
You have two hands:
One to help yourself, the second to help others.
Blessings to all.
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