The parable of the Good Samaritan is so familiar to us. I think when I was a child or even into early adulthood I heard this parable as a reminder to look for opportunities to do good. It wasn’t until I was much older that I better understood the cultural pressures at play in the story. Jesus is reminding me today of the “brotherhood” of the human race. God wants us to look beyond our differences and act like neighbors and family. It is amazing to me these racial and cultural divisions continue to exist after two-thousand years! I may never have an opportunity such as the presented to the Samaritan, but I have many, many, smaller opportunities on a regular basis.
Father God, you are father of all. You created each and every one of us. We are all your family. I will look for ways to reach out, even if the acts seem small. They are not insignificant; even a smile to a passer-by can change someone’s heart. Amen
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