Have we talked about the Good Samaritan lately? I can’t find it in my notes so I guess not.
The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked the big question in Luke 10 about what are the big laws that need to be followed and Jesus said it was love God and your neighbour. Well there must have been my twin in that crowd since one of the guys then asked the question of ‘Who is my neighbour?’
So the story then continues as follows in verses 30-36: “Then Jesus answered and said, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbour to him who fell among the thieves?”
Then the obvious answer comes back two fold, first the acknowledgement that the neighbour is the ‘one who shows mercy’ and secondly that Jesus said: “Go and do likewise.”
Well this story is almost current events for us. Brechin is that Samaritan in the outpouring of generosity that keeps flowing. The Foodbank keeps giving parcels to those in our community that have need. Then as reported last week over £1600 given at the two collections for the refugees. I am gobsmacked over all.
Then the past few weeks Gardner Memorial has also been humming with activity collecting for the refugees and things have poured in from across the community. Karen, who has been coordinating it all, said she is ‘blown away’!
There is still a bit of work to do as the logistics to transfer stuff from the church auditorium to the lory to haul it away takes place. There will be a need on short notice to meet up at the kirk and do a human chain kind of event. So if you are available on short notice please call Gardner Memorial on 01356 629191 or go to the Facebook page and leave a message how to contact you. Any help on the day would be great.
But it is so good to say, hey Brechin is a good place and Brechin has good hearted people. I get tired of all the negative stuff and though it is easy to focus on that, some days it is good to realise we do have a Samaritan heart.
Glad to have you as my neighbours.