“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor 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.”

– Luke 10:36-37 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

We may not realize how odious the parable of the Good Samaritan was to listeners in Jesus day. Notice that when Jesus asks an expert in the law who was the good neighbor, he could not even say the word “Samaritan”. Samaritans were seen as an impure people, yet as the parable unfolded it was not the priest or the Levite who helped the fallen man, but a person that a Jew would not even talk to. This story not only exposed the prejudices of Jesus day; it also challenges us to look past our judgments of others and extend the same mercy that we have received in Christ.

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