“Go and do likewise.”
A teacher of the law had tried to test Jesus with the question, “Who is my neighbour?” In response Jesus had told the story of The Good Samaritan where a man on his way to Jericho had been attacked by robbers and left bleeding and naked on the road. A priest and a Levite had come along and both had ignored him. Instead it was a despised Samaritan who stopped and helped the man.
Jesus point was that our neighbour is anyone we meet along the road of life – and the commandment is that we should love them as we love ourselves.
The Lord revealed an important truth to me recently after hearing a sermon on this parable. It was this –
“It is far easier to be the one who helps than the one who needs help.”
It is worth bearing this in mind as we come across people who are in need of assistance. Not only may they not have the ability to help themselves at that point but they may also be suffering the pain and indignities of their situation. In addition they might be only too aware of the good people who ignore then because they do not wish to become involved or socially contaminated in any way. We would not wish to change places with them.
Be grateful for being able to help others in some way
Lord, please help me to do what I need to with a generous heart and a willing spirit. Amen.