In the story of the Good Samaritan, we have an expert in the Law asking Jesus what he must he do to inherit eternal life? (Luke 10:25) Jesus answers by proceeding to tell this story.
There was a man who was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers who stripped him of his clothes and left him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. (Luke 10:30-31) This made me reflect on how many times I chose to ignore situations when I can lend a helping hand. I justify myself by claiming that is not my problem but in reality, all I am doing is making it someone else’s problem.
Moreover, a Levite was walking along the same road when he saw the man and walked past.(Luke 10:33) This time I am convincing myself I need to attend to other issues and just don’t have the time to render assistance. Thus, I am allowing myself to think my issues are greater than everybody else’s even though support was required immediately.
Lastly, there was a Samaritan who saw the man bandaged his wounds and took care of him in an inn. The next day he paid for the innkeeper to look after him until he returned.(Luke 10:33-36) So, the question I need to ask myself is how do I act when I help others? Is it lip service and just dealing with short-term needs or am I seeking a positive outcome for all involved? I would argue it is always important to follow up to ensure the actions taken have had the desired effect going forward. Thus, the compassion and empathy resonate with inheritance of eternal life.