Would You Like to be a Hero?

Chester Droog

READ : Luke 10:25-37

Like many stories, the parable of the Good Samaritan has its villains, its uninvolved and its hero. The villains are those who beat and robbed the traveler. The uninvolved are the priest and the Levite. The hero is the Samaritan. I invite you to examine him carefully. He was a man of compassion. He was under no obligation to help the beaten man but out of the goodness of his heart he got involved. He was a man of courage. He did not know if those who had beaten and robbed the traveler had left the scene or might return to claim a second victim. He was a man of charity. He generously used his oil and wine to treat the traveler, then bound up his wounds and put him on a donkey and took him to a nearby inn. He paid the innkeeper for caring for the wounded man and promised to return in a few days to learn of his condition. Lastly, our hero was color blind. The beaten traveler may have been a Roman or a Jew or an Ethiopian, we aren’t told, but it made no difference to him. He got involved. He was a hero.

Jesus uses our hero to answer the question of the expert of the law who asked: “Who is my neighbor?” Now we know. It is anyone who has a need that we can meet if we have compassion, courage, charity and are color blind. Jesus invites you and me to be heroes, heroes who make good neighbors.


Dear God, let me be a hero today in the eyes of someone who has a need. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.