Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he 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.” 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ (Luke 10:29-37; NRSV)
In this passage, Jesus describes a Samaritan who was an outcast in the eyes of the Jewish community, but a neighbor in the eyes of God. Christ called him a neighbor because he showed mercy; the Samaritan gave his resources, time and energy to heal a broken life.
Please remember your personal commitment to give your resources and yourselves to Christ; there are still people that need to experience the mercy of God through us.