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The Good Samaritan
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By Louis Gander
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The Good Samaritan

A doctor saw an angry mob -

and money they had stolen,

but then he 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 wouldn'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 -

then gave the beaten man advice

with all his finest preaching.

 

Reporters interviewed the crowd

and printed many quotes.

A politician saw the group

and all their many votes.

 

He held a newborn baby and

he placed a tender kiss -

promised help for everyone -

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, fame or pride seize you -

through Satan's evil lies?

Then be 'a Good Samaritan'

and "go and do likewise."

 

©2012 louis gander

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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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Submitted: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2016

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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