July 14th, 2019

Read: LUKE 10:25-37 & PSALM 41

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

"Then he set him on his own animal and brought hum to an inn and took care of him." (LUKE 10:34)

JESUS, OUR GOOD SAMARITAN

          Which character are you in the parable? We usually think of ourselves as the Good Samaritan. But is it not true that, in your sins, you are the man lying on the side of the road, stripped and beaten and half dead? And the Law can do nothing to help. The priest and the Levite pass by on the other side. You cannot behave or good-work yourself back to health.

          But Jesus can raise the dead, and He can help and heal you. He pours out His good medicine on you. He binds your wounds by means of His own. He pours on the oil of His Spirit in Baptism and His Word and gives you the wine of His blood for the forgiveness of your sins. He brings you to the inn of the Church, where He cares for you and provides innkeepers (pastors) to care for you.

          Now, restored to health, forgiven and alive, you can be a Good Samaritan to others. Loved by Jesus, you love your neighbor and help to receive the medicine and the care of our eternal Good Samaritan, Jesus.

"Jesus, grant me to be a Good Samaritan in Your image." Amen!

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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