“And who is my neighbor?”
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
In our world today many look down on the homeless and those who live in our streets. One might say they are the Samaritans of our age. Today’s gospel reading was about the good Samaritan and here on the streets of Pensacola a REAL GOOD SAMARITAN taught us a valuable lesson. Our Good Samaritan was walking by the Community Healthcare Center of Pensacola, stopped and noticed an African American couple getting out of their vehicle to enter the abortion facility. He called out to the couple, ” Why don’t you give your child a chance to live before killing him?” The man and woman looked at the Samaritan, with tears in their eyes (probably realizing that their state in life was not so bad that they could not afford their child), left the abortion clinic and a child’s life is saved. All because one GOOD SAMARITAN did not just pass by, but stopped and reached out with words of truth and love.
Thank you GOOD SAMARITAN, you humble us with your selflessness