Whatever came of the good Samaritan?
Recently I went for a walk.
I did not know where I was heading, or who I would encounter. It had just gone midnight so the city centre was pretty much deserted other than night club goers and people roughing it out on the street. It felt like that I was being led. I put all my trust into God and let them lead the way.
I ended up stopping and talking to a guy who had lost the rest of the stag party and couldn’t find his way back to the hostel he was stopping at. We spent about ten minutes trying to establish which one he was stopping at and after many different takeaway receipts coming out of his pocket we finally worked out which one he was stopping at. We weren’t sure that it was the right one, but after arriving outside the building the hostel was in, it clicked in his mind that we were at the right one.
We departed our separate ways and he went off to go and crash, and most probably a massive hangover in the morning with no recollection of what had happened the night before.
This got me thinking, what ever came of the good Samaritan?
In the bible we here in Luke’s gospel about the story Jesus told to their followers about a traveller who is stripped of their clothing, beaten, and left to die at the side of the road. First a priest and then a Levite comes by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan finds the traveler. They take the traveller under their wing and goes and finds help. They show compassion and care for that traveller and makes sure they are going to be ok.
In a modern day setting, a good Samaritan can be seen all over the world in many different ways. It can be seen through the eyes of the charities that are out there to serve and help the communities it touches, and do brilliant work helping those most in need. It can be seen also through the eyes of the individual, who goes the extra mile to help make sure that people who the meet are alright and look after themselves.
What do you think makes a good Samaritan in our world today? This isn’t the end of this blog, but more the beginning. Let’s have a discussion in the comments below.