Inspired: Topsy-Turvy Gospel Stories
Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Most High 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.” And Jesus said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A traveler was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; the priest saw the traveler and passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, who came the same way and saw the afflicted traveler and passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged the wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on a donkey, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day the Samaritan took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The answer came, “The one who showed compassion.”
Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”