Luke 10: 30 - 32 “…leaving him half dead…a priest and a levite passed by on the other side.”
The road from Jerusalem was a hazardous way to travel in Jesus’ time. It was illed with robbers, so the story that Jesus tells is right off the front pages. Here is a man in desperate need of help. Along came a priest and a levite, leaders in the Jewish faith. One would expect them to show compassion, but they don’t. According to the Law, if you touch a dead body you can’t lead worship. Adherence to the law, wanting to lead worship so the folks could see them, their own arrogance made them overlook a man in need. There are times when our self-invoked importance must give way to compassion for others. The Son of God tells us that we dare not overlook the needs of others. Our faith is not a “show piece.” It means a compassionate, practical service. Amen.