New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 10: Year C
“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10: 36 and 37)
This is the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is a well known, but rarely followed, example of expected Christian behavior.
Jesus explains that not just regular Israelites passed the injured man by, but indeed a Levite (the tribe from whom priest come); but also a priest himself passes without even getting close to the injured man. Then a Samaritan, those who the Jews disowned, puts forth both medical aid and financial support.
I have heard the argument that if the cleansed passersby touched the man who might have been found to be dead, they would have defiled themselves and not be able to enter the temple. I would argue that by not even checking the man they have already defiled themselves.
There is no inquiry about the Samaritan’s faith or belief. What he believes is expressed in his behavior. Rather than getting into theological debates with people about different beliefs, we, who call ourselves Christians, should just follow our Lord Jesus’ instruction to, “Go and do likewise.”
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John