The Parable that Jesus gives in Luke 10:29-37 is answering an important question that a young man had asked Him. “Who is my neighbor?” God does not require that we love our family and our friends. He does not require that we love those who have something to offer us in return, whether it be of material or social value. No, God’s love has no partiality, it loves the weak and the strong, the proud and the meek. And this is the way our love ought to be as well. It is easy to love those who love you and have something to offer us. But is this kind of love really love?
Jesus answers the young man in a parable. A man was on his way to Jericho when he is striped of all he has and is severely beaten by robbers. A Levite then passes by seeing him half dead, but goes by the other side. After all, what has this half dead man to offer the Levite in return? He is without any material goods left to give as a reward, and due to his condition of being half dead, it looks like he will not be able to render any useful labor either. So why help this man? The Levite has no obligation to help him, so he passes by.
Is this love? Or did this Levite practice a kind of hypocritical love towards this poor man? The answer is all to easily for the modern reader. Of course! You exclaim; if the Levite had any love for his neighbor, he would have helped him without any hope of reward.
But you already know where I am going with this. Do you also love like this Levite? Is it loving to horde food supplies for yourself when others will need those same supplies? Or is this a case of out of sight, out of mind? During the spread of corona various, we ought not to go by the other side. We live in this world to help others, God does not need your good works, your neighbors do. What better way to show forth God’s selfless love for us, then during this time!
So think of others. Wash your hands so that you may protect others, even if you don’t know who it might harm if you don’t do so. Buy only what you and your family need, knowing that other people need those same things to, even if you will never meet those people and they have nothing to offer you in return.