In this passage, the question was asked, "And who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29) This prompted Jesus to tell a parable. We know it as the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. (Luke 10:30)
During this Lenten season, put yourself on the Jericho road, and ask yourself which one of the people in this parable represents you.
- Are you the man who fell into the hands of robbers?
- Are the priest who deliberately passed on the other side of the road to avoid coming in contact with the man?
- Are you the Levite from a priestly family who also passed by on the other side of the road?
- Or are you the good Samaritan who took pity on the unknown man, bandaged his wounds, put him on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him?
Each day God gives us opportunities to prove our love to Him by helping people who might be different from us.
Are you passing by on the other side of the road to avoid being a good Samaritan? Let your own Jericho road experience be one that is both pleasing to God and helpful to those in need.
Meditate on this Lenten lesson to determine which character represents you.
You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 10.