8.9 The Good Samaritan

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Jul 5 8.9 Then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked, “What do you read in the law?” He answered,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind; and your neighbor as yourself.1 Jesus replied, “Right, do this and you will live.” Wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man going from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed, stripped, beaten and left half-dead. A priest who chanced on the same road saw him but passed by the other side. A Levite came along and did the same. But a traveling Samaritan2 saw him and mercifully treated his wounds with oil and wine. He carried him on his donkey to an inn and catered for him. The next day he gave two days wages to the innkeeper, saying, Care for him, and if you spend more, I will repay when I return. Of the three, who do you think proved to be the mans neighbor?” Jesus asked. The lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said, “Go and act similarly!”