PARABLES OF JESUS
D. About Neighbours
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test
Jesus. Teacher, he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
What is written in the Law? he replied. How do you read it? 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 neighbour as yourself.' You have answered correctly, Jesus
replied. Do this and you will live.
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
In reply Jesus said:
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the
hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went
away, leaving 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. So too, a Levite, when he
came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a
Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw
him, he took pity on him.
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. The next day he took out two silver coins 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.'
Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell
into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, The one
who had mercy on him. Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.