Heard at Café: 10/8/2019

Tonight at Café, we got to hear from three of our interns: Conor, Caroline, and Lauren. They spoke on the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Each of our interns chose to focus on a different aspect of the story.

Caroline reflected on the very last sentence in the passage: "Go and do likewise." This is a call to action. The point of the story isn't just to move on; it's meant to inspire us to be something different. Love is worth stepping out of our comfort zones; it's worth the fear and uncomfort that come with it.

The priest and the Levite saw the man who was mugged before the Samaritan did. Instead of helping him, they just passed by on the other side of the road. Lauren reminded us that this is not a picture of what love should look like. Love isn't meant to be shown just when it's convenient for us. Sometimes, it's unexpected, but we should stop and love the people around us.

Conor spoke on the action that the Samaritan took. It can be discouraging to look at all that we can't do. Sometimes, just doing anything is enough -- it's better than doing nothing. Conor gave us this piece of advice: "Don't let your inability to do everything stop you from doing anything."

The Samaritan could have chosen to move on with his day, but instead, spent his time and money to make sure that the man was taken care of. The Samaritan was a part of showing God's love to the man. The interns challenged us to "go and do likewise."

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