“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Mark 10:17-18New International Version (NIV)
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good” teacher, he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
18 “Why do you call me ‘good?’ Jesus answered. No one is good—except God alone.”
The Samaritan would not have fit the definition of “good” by Mosaic Law standards (what? being a pagan and all..?) and yet he did “good”.
Jesus Himself says “why do you call me “good?”.
And we being sinners can…”know how to give ‘good’ things to our children”…hmmm…interesting isn’t it if you really think on it:)
Despite titles, rituals, traditions, divisive religious disciplines, formulaic praying and fasting cannot a Sovereign God work all things together for “good” as He so wills? (Romans 8:28).
Jesus said “follow me”.
Why do we stray so far from the path,
When He made it so simple?
Look there is a church up ahead and just beyond that a temple and just beyond that a mosque…just beyond that someone is kneeling and tending to the afflicted “least of these…”
In which of these places can one find Jesus, can one stand in presence, in relationship?
Take a stand and let actions in love speak or take a seat till numbness sets into feet ?
As for myself…do not bother to look for me in church…I cannot, will not, must not be found there, not while there yet is work to do.
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas