Once upon a time, a man asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told him a story about a man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers. They beat him up and took all his money, then left him lying there half dead.

A priest came along the road, but when he saw the man, he crossed to the other side and walked away. A Temple assistant did the same thing. But then a man from the country of Samaria came along. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went to help.

The Samaritan gave the hurt man a drink of water and put oil and wine on his wounds. Then he picked him up and carried him to an inn. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper to take care of the man and said, “If it costs more, I will pay you when I come back.”

Jesus ended the story and asked the man, “Which of these three was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?” The man answered, “The one who showed him kindness.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that we should love and help others, even if they are not like us or if we do not know them. It reminds us to be kind and to show compassion to those in need.

New International Version, Biblica, 2011.

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