And the good Samaritan is… weekend words from Luke and Dr. Martin Luther King

Samaritan’s Purse doctor treating a victim of the Nepal earthquake

via Images of Disaster From Nepal.

Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan to answer the question,

“Who is my neighbor?”

The term “good Samaritan” means a person who goes out of their way to help someone, especially a stranger, often at  personal sacrifice.


Read The Parable of the Good Samaritan here.

(Luke chapter 10)


I think the parable also answers the question “Who  gives health care?”  No medical professionals are in the story,  but many health care facilities and charitable organizations use the name.  Health care includes the work done by non- healthcare employed people. They

  • donate food to a local food bank
  • deliver meals to homebound persons
  • coach sports teams
  • donate clothes, blankets and toiletries to a homeless shelter
  • take an animal to visit residents of a nursing home
  • help with clean up after a natural disaster

In a sermon about the good Samaritan,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,

“I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”


Health care, whether done by professionals or laypersons, asks the same question-

“What will happen if I don’t stop to help?”

Learn more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse and consider what you might do to help support its work.


And read more about Dr. King at this link – MLK Day.



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