Monday, May 07, 2018

Poteat: The Jericho Road

Monday, May 7, 2018
    “What is written in the Law?” [Jesus] replied. “How do you read it?”
    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’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
    “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
    But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
    In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead...”
    —Luke 10:26-30 (NIV)
I know the road to Jericho,
    It’s in a part of town
That’s full of factories and filth.
    I’ve seen the folks go down.

Small folk with roses in their cheeks
    And starlight in their eyes;
And seen them fall among the thieves,
    And heard their helpless cries.

The priests and Levites speeding by
    Read of the latest crimes
In headlines spread in black and red
    Across The Evening Times.

How hard for those in limousines
    To heal the heart of man!
It was a slow-paced ass that bore
    The Good Samaritan.
    ... Edwin McNeill Poteat (1892-1955), in The Questing Spirit, Halford E. Luccock & Frances Brentano, New York: Coward-McCann, 1947, p. 427-428 (see the book)
    See also Luke 10:26-37; 16:15; 18:9-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the Samaritan’s heart.

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