Good Samaritan - Part 4

Opening Prayer

Lord, I desire to have your eyes when I see the world you created.  Help me not to miss what is important to you.

Read:   Luke 10:30-37 (NIV)

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’   36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Reflect

Recently the United States experienced in a short amount of time two major hurricanes and then if that was not enough our neighbors to the south, Mexico was struck by an earthquake.   Those three events caused so much loss of life, property and livelihood and with of the media we were actually able to see the people’s suffering.  With all of the disasters we are exposed to from around the world, we tend to develop “compassion fatigue”.  This is an emotional reaction that brings hopelessness and anxiety and causes us to become numb to what we are seeing.  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit brings us encouragement through the story of the good Samaritan.  We see that Jesus is calling us to notice “the one”.    The one family you know in Houston or Florida that needs help, the one organization that you could donate to, the one church that could use supplies.  Jesus does not want us overwhelmed and immobilized by the scope of suffering in the world.    His expectation is that we see only “the one” that is in our path and then act.   It is only in our action that God’s love is seen and hearts are opened to the gospel message.    

 

Apply

Who and where is your “one” this week?

Closing Prayer

Open my eyes to those you have placed in my path that need your love today.