ONE day Jesus told a man that he should love his neighbor. The man asks Jesus: ‘Who is my neighbor?’ Well, Jesus knows what this man is thinking. The man thinks that only people of his own race and religion are his neighbors. So let’s see what Jesus says to him.
He tells a story about a Jew and a Samaritan. We have already learned that
most Jews do not like Samaritans. Well, this is Jesus’ story: One day there was
a Jew going down a mountain road to Jericho. But robbers jumped on him. They
took his money and beat him up until he was almost dead.
Later, a Jewish priest came along the road. He saw the beat-up man. What do
you think he did? Why, he just crossed over to the other side of the road and
kept going. Then another very religious person came along. He was a Levite. Did
he stop? No, he didn’t stop to help the beat-up man either. You can see the
priest and the Levite in the distance going down the road.
But see who is here with the beat-up man. He is a Samaritan. And he is
helping the Jew. He is putting some medicine on his wounds. Afterward, he takes
the Jew to a place where he can rest and get well.
After finishing his story, Jesus says to the man who asked him the
question: ‘Which one of these three do you think acted like a neighbor to the
beat-up man? Was it the priest, the Levite or the Samarian?’
The man answers: ‘The Samaritan man. He was kind to the man who was beat
up.’ Jesus says: ‘You are right. So go and treat others the same way as he