The power of Good Samaritan story lies in its inclusiveness. It isn’t a story of conformity. It isn’t a story of stereotypes. It’s a story that shows that the Way of the Christ is radical; that it breaks stereotypes. That it includes everyone and everything.
Like the Buddhist prayer that John Shearman quotes below, Jesus’ command to the literalist was to “cultivate an unlimited mind toward all beings.”
And like that person, may we go and do likewise.
LUKE 10:25-37. Biblical Hebrew used two words – chesed and racham which we translate into English variously as mercy, compassion or kindness. … It is also noteworthy that in Buddhism the word anukampa is often rendered as “mercy.”
There is a classic Buddhist poem answering the question, “What should the person skilled in profitable practice do when he becomes aware of the peaceful state?” The poem begins, “One should cultivate an unlimited mind toward all beings, the way a mother protects her only son with her life.” The words are evocative of Michelangelo’s famous statue, La Pieta, of Mary cradling the body of Jesus taken down from the cross. - John Shearman
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ - Luke 10:36-37