Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Neighbors in Nicaragua

Me and Grama Ramona (see previous blog)
Luke 10:25-37 contains a parable that is very familiar to many of us, often referred to as the story of The Good Samaritan.  Nowadays the phrase "Good Samaritan" is a compliment, used commonly to describe a nice person who helps others.

When we read this scripture, we want to imagine that we are like the Samaritan.  We read it as a feel-good story about the average person doing good where the religious leaders failed to do so.

But the phrase "Good Samaritan" would have been a bitter pill for the original hearers to swallow.  When the Lawyer asks "Who is my neighbor?" he is asking a loaded question.  Jesus gives him a loaded answer.
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