The original question to Jesus was ‘And who is my neighbour?’
Four people travel a road from Jerusalem to Jericho where there are robbers. Each travels separately in a short space of time.
The first is attacked.
A priest passes by, presumably of the current Judaic faith.
A Levite passes by, a member of the ‘holy tribe’.
A Samaritan, who only accepted a certain form of Judaism not accepted in contemporary society, helped the victim.
Both Jerusalem and Jericho are symbols of unity. Both are cities with walls for protection. The walls of Jericho were only destroyed by multiple trumpet players and God’s influence.
Rather than focus on the good of the Samaritan, the outsider, why not focus on the question: Why didn’t all four travel together? There is strength in numbers. The attack would have been avoided.
Love Thy Neighbour…