Our statement to live by for week commencing 8th October is:
I know what to do if I see anyone being hurt.
There was once a man going on a journey fromJerusalemto Jericho, when robbers set upon him. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up and left him half dead. A priest happened to pass by, he saw the man lying injured and walked by on the other side of the road.
Then a lawyer came along. He went over and had a look at the man, then he too walked away on the other side of the road.
Next came a Samaritan. When he saw the poor injured man lying in the ditch his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds to clean them and bandaged them up. Then he helped the man climb up on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he could rest and be looked after. Next day the Samarian gave the innkeeper two silver coins. ‘Take care of him till he’s better,’ he told the innkeeper and when I come back this way, I’ll repay you whatever else you’ve spent on him.’
Jesus ended the story with a question, ‘Which of the three was a neighbour to the man?’