This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
We’re all familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan. But we don’t know anything about the man who was robbed, beaten and left to die on the side of the road. The two religious leaders just caught sight of him and then looked away as they went on their way. The Samaritan saw him and recognized that he was in need of help, so he had compassion for him.
Who was this dying man that Jesus used as an example? I think it was Jesus himself. How could that be, you might be thinking? Here’s how. Turn to Matthew 25:31-46. It’s the parable of the sheep and the goats. It points out that the goats saw the various people in need and just went on their way. The sheep also saw the needy people, they understood their needs and did something about it. But both the sheep and the goats asked, “Lord, when did we see you...?” He answered, “Whatever you did (or did not do) for one of the least of these you did (or did not do) to me.”
We must try to really see people who are in need; try to understand their need; and then, hopefully, do something to help them.