BR 14:03, Jun 1998
The Good Samaritan
Love your neighbor as yourself
Struggling under the weight, the Good Samaritan lifts the limp body of a manstripped, beaten and left half dead by robbersonto his horse. In this 1890 painting by Vincent Van Gogh (based on a painting by Eugène Delacroix), the robbers have taken everything but the mans empty traveling case.
Further along the road, we see the backs of a Levite and a priestboth Jewish religious authoritiesas they walk away, having failed to stop and help the man. Only the Samaritanan adherent of an offshoot of Judaism, traditionally at odds with the Jewsstops to help.
In the Gospel of Luke (10:2537), Jesus presents the Samaritan …