A doctor saw an angry mob -
the money they had stolen,
so he had passed the beaten man
now broke and cut and swollen.
A lawyer watched the boastful crowd
with sly and greedy grin.
He pondered many lawsuits but -
the man just couldn't win.
A businessman was by the man
and picked up every stone.
A collector may pay hundreds
for each one they had thrown.
A priest was standing with the thieves.
He knew they needed teaching -
but gave the beaten man advice
with all his finest preaching.
Reporters interviewed the crowd
and printed many quotes.
A politician saw the crowd
and all their many votes.
He held a newborn baby and
he placed a tender kiss.
He promised all his voters help -
then ran for higher office.
At last, a good Samaritan
passed up the world's reward.
He cleaned his cuts and bandaged him
and paid for room and board.
Does money, power, pride own you -
through Satan's selfish lies?
Then be 'the good Samaritan'
and "go and do likewise." (Luke 10:37)
2012 louis gander ganderpoems.org
Luke 10: 25-37
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,
saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said,
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves,
which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place,
came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:
and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine,
and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed,
he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him,
Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
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