Neighbor – Friday

Friday: The Good Samaritan, Part III

Our story continues, as the Samaritan follows through on care to the injured man:
The next day the Samaritan took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and
said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you  spend.’ 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 10:35-37).

One of the traditional ways to interpret the parable of the Good Samaritan is to see the  Samaritan as Christ (or a Christian), who brings a wounded person to the church for  healing.
• The church is like an inn, where Christ has paid for the care of the wounded. The
church carries out the care for the neighbor whom Christ has brought to us.
• Christ is the truly good neighbor, and we enact our neighborliness in his image.
• Christ is the full presence of God, having compassion on wounded humanity,
crossing every barrier between heaven and earth to rescue those who are in
“trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity” (from the Prayers of the
People in Rite I, The Book of Common Prayer).

Questions for Reflection
• In how many ways did the Samaritan show the wounded man mercy?
• Can you tell a story of your faith community that is like the story of the Good
Samaritan?
• What has been your own deepest wounding in life? Did you have a community to
help you in your healing?
• Pretend you are one of the people who work in the inn. What would be your part
in caring for the wounded person? How does that insight play out in your actual
work in the world or your service to the church?

Prayer
Gracious God, you have entrusted to your Church the care of all who are wounded,
whether inwardly or outwardly. Give to our community all that is necessary to carry
out your healing and reconciling work, that with one heart and one voice we may
rejoice to see and know your mercy. In Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.

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