Lately the news has been revealing stories about people helping people in need. For example, an Ohio female track star stopped in the middle of her race to pick up a competitor who had collapsed. The track star put the competitor’s arm around her should and basically carried her across the finish line, forcing the collapsed runner to finish before her. In another story, a high school girl stood up for a mentally handicapped student getting bullied on a school bus.
These cases remind me of the biblical scripture found in Luke Chapter 10, Verses 30 – 37:
“…A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”