“‘Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?’ He answered, ‘The one who treated him with mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.'” (Luke 10.36-37)

Samaritan

Overtaken while on the way;
Accosted, stripped, and left for dead:
A precious life — abandoned prey —
Hope and love displaced by sheer dread.

Both priest and servant passed on by:
The wounded went untouched, unseen;
Bereft of love; deaf to the cry —
Of the ugly and the unclean.

Samaritan came to the place,
With pity for the wounded’s plight,
Approached with gentleness and grace,
Moved with compassion at the sight.

He cleansed the wounds that they may cure
And bandaged them with utmost care;
Lifted the wounded, held secure —
Carried away from deep despair.

The inn was a safe place to stay
Apart from the road’s lawlessness;
The wounded was brought there to lay
Safe in Samaritan’s kindness.

He paid the innkeeper quite well;
Providing for the wounded’s care.
Mercy had triumphed over hell —
Love of neighbor beyond compare.

We are the wounded on the way:
Accosted by the devil’s heist;
Call out from the roadside today!
Samaritan is Jesus Christ.

Lord, may we look to Your mercy for healing in all our heart’s woundedness, that we may be healed and brought to safety in Your tender care. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2007