25. On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26. “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27. He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
28. “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29. But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
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 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.’
There are four prominent characters in this story, The Robber, The Priest & Levite, The Samaritan and The Innkeeper. These characters depict a common thought process that we find in people around us. Briefly we can describe it as follows:-
- The Robber. Everything that belongs to you is mine, if I can manage to snatch it. It does not matter for this I have to coerce, injure or kill some one.
- The Priest & Levite. Everything that is mine is mine; I am going to hold it to myself, even if I can share some of it with a deserving one.
- The Innkeeper. Everything mine is yours provided you can pay for it.
- The Samaritan. Every thing mine is mine but I can share with you if you deserve it.
Today, we can look at our life and classify that to which group we belong, definitely at any time in our life we can move from one group to another.