Sunday, January 3: Go and do likewise

Read Luke 10:25-37


Sunday in the GospelsOn Sundays we'll walk through events in the life of Jesus Christ found in the four Gospels.

Read Luke 10:25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

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'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. The next day he took out two denarii 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.'

"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."



Many of us are very familiar with this story, but reread it now and look for any parts that seem less familiar or that don't meet your "normal" expectations for what the story is about. Besides the obvious theme of helping our neighbors, whoever they may be, what's one other point you think Jesus was trying to make?


As you read the Bible, both in Daily Scriptures and elsewhere, and when you hear it taught, be prepared for God to speak to you through it in ways you might not expect from your past experience. Ask him to make you open to hearing from him in new ways.



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