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Today’s Passage:  Jesus told the following parable…”a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’  Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor 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.”

Devotional Thought:  I know there is a lot in this passage and it happens to be the one I am preaching on this Sunday.  As I have been preparing the sermon, the following words from John Wesley keep ringing in my ears, “Do all the good you can.  By all the means you can.  In all the ways you can.  In all the places you can.  At all the times you can.  To all the people you can.  As long as ever you can.”  Often, I’m sure, you stop to think about how you can make the world a better place but you are not sure how to do it.  One way is to begin in your own little corner of the world…make it a nicer place through kind words and good deeds.  The Samaritan helped a fellow traveler when no one else would.  “Go and do likewise.”