The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) not only demonstrates what it means to love one’s neighbor, it also demonstrates God’s love. For Jesus placed himself in the position of the the beaten traveler, as well as in the position of the Samaritan.
Last week I spoke about the pattern of sainthood: gathering, being sent out, returning, and being sent again. We gather in order to be renewed, only to be sent back out. Sometimes we focus so much on the cross that we engage only one half of love, ignoring the victory of the empty tomb and the healing power of the Holy Spirit. We mistakenly think that giving is all that there is to love. The parable of the Good Samaritan shows us that loving in the power of the Spirit echoes God’s pattern of giving and receiving.