Who really is the Good Samaritan?

As part of All We Can’s Lent devotional series, Claire Welch, All We Can’s former Head of Fundraising and Marketing and current ordinand in the Church of England, reflects on the passage in light of the world we live today.

‘Jesus 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 neighbour as yourself.'” Luke 10: 27

This story has a familiarity to it which can often stop us thinking through what it truly means to us. Of course we should help. Of course we want to be the Good Samaritan and not lumped in with the passers-by. Seeing the humanity in others is the first step. In a world increasingly divided, our challenge is to allow ourselves to be moved with compassion, transformed by empathy and compelled into action.

It is when we begin to act that we may just reach the point where we can make a better way for those facing injustice, poverty and struggle.

‘On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway’ – Martin Luther King Jr.

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