“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37
“The twist in this particular story underscores the point that generosity is a simple act of caring. Your status in society and your particular beliefs take second place to how you behave toward others. Samaritans were considered inferior by the prevailing culture in which Jesus lived…
Jesus identified the Samaritan as the hero, the truly compassionate person, in contrast to those who are typically seen as more honorable and respected. Doing good transcends your particular group, doctrine, or religious affiliation. This attitude is at the very heart of what it means to practice generosity…”
Dave Toycen in The Power of Generosity (Waynesboro: Authentic Media, 2004) 15.
Compassionate generosity is voluntary, simple, and yet profoundly impactful because it transcends cultural patterns and touches people with just what they need.
How Samaritan or how transcendant is your giving?
It’s a good question for each of us to ask ourselves. Because Jesus says “go and do likewise” He is saying He wants us to be heroes right where he has placed us.
We can do this by giving compassionately and voluntarily. God give us eyes to see, hearts to give, and hands to serve like the Samaritan. Amen.