THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:25-37
The good Samaritan is an example of one who is merciful. He
felt compassion at the sight of a man stripped, beaten and
left half-dead by robbers (v.33,30). But that could just be
kindness or admirable human concern. What made it mercy was
that the Samaritan and the Jew who was beaten were enemies.
Further, the Samaritan really went out of his way to help
the Jew--administering first-aid, lifting him up on his own
animal (and getting dirty and bloody in the process), bringing
him to an inn, and personally caring for him (v.34). Not only
that, he gave money to the innkeeper and promised more money
as was needed to care for him (v.35). And he intended to return
to see how the man was doing. The Samaritan “treated
him with mercy.” (v.37a).
be merciful is to have the merciful heart of God. We need
to understand how God’s heart is, and for that we need
to enter deeply into a life in Him, giving Him our all. It
is as we do so that we also begin to understand His love for
all His children in the world. If we then love God, we must
love those whom He loves, and that is our neighbor. Thus mercy
is lived out by means of the greatest commandment. “You
shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all
your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.” (v.27).
expects us to be merciful, and if we are not, we endanger
our entry into heaven. The scholar of the law asked Jesus,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(v.25). Giving the answer himself, Jesus told him: “do
this and you will live.” (v.28). To enter into eternal
life, we need to love God with our all, to love our neighbor
as ourself, and to be merciful as God is merciful.
to what the good Samaritan did, Jesus says to us, “Go
and do likewise.” (v.37b).