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... 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.” (Luke 10:30, 33-35)
Most of us know the parable of the good Samaritan and likely have heard sermons teaching you to be like the Samaritan. He is held up a s standard of showing love and kindness to people in need.
I just want to point out one thing. Before he opened his wallet to give money so that the innkeeper could render aid to the injured man, the Samaritan reached out and touched him: he bandaged him and treated him directly. If you have a heart of compassion to help those who are hurting, you don’t have to go across the globe, outside of your country, or even across town. My guess is that there are hurting people in shouting distance from you. Before you send money to help strangers with whom you will never have direct contact, find ways to directly serve those close to you. Touch them and look into their eyes. Once you have done this, if you have more time and money left over to serve, expand your circle of love.
Love and serve those who can feel that love and can see the compassion in your eyes. Reach out and touch those whom you can reach out and touch.
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