St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Monday, July 15, 2019

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

Synopsis: There is a cost associated with helping others; there is a cost associated with refusing to help others. This story we have grown used to calling the “Good Samaritan” (Jesus doesn’t qualify with the adjective when referring to him) begins with a question: “Who must I love in order to live?” We can think about the cost of helping or refusing to help in terms of the impact this decision has on the person in need of help, of course. This seems obvious. Or we can think of the trouble helping someone else would cost us. But by connecting the story to the question, Jesus invites us to a life characterized by love in action beyond calculations of cost and reward. What wouldn’t you give to live in a world surrounded by neighbors who love you and who would rescue you whenever you were in need? What except blindness and ignorance would prevent you from being a part of this vast network of giving and receiving love (Jesus called it the Kingdom of God)?