What do we call being a good Samaritan? In our days is called “Good Samaritan” to that person who has compassion for his neighbor.
If God forgives us and has mercy on us, why do not we have mercy too? God is a just judge.
God does not care about what country you are from to save you or to heal you. It is good to remember that story of the good Samaritan and what he did with the man he encountered. There is a Biblical verse that tells us about this story.
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
The Bible tells us that this interpreter of the law came to test the Teacher, asking Him what he should do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus answered him with a question:
He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
To which the interpreter of the law answered, saying, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus told him well that he had answered well and told him “do all this and you will live”. The Lord spoke very clearly to this interpreter of the law and told him the story of the Good Samaritan:
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
We can see here how a man was attacked and left almost dead. People who could be expected to have mercy passed by that place: a priest and a Levite. However, none helped him. Who helped him was the least expected person, a Samaritan. Remember the rivalry between Samaritans and Jews.
We see here that this Samaritan had compassion for his neighbor, how he cared for him and how he paid an innkeeper to continue caring for him.
36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Jesus ends this great story by urging him to do the same with his neighbor. If you see your neighbor in need help him, come close to him, have mercy on him and offer him your help.