The parable of the Good Samaritan is perhaps one of the best known of Jesus’s parables (next to, perhaps, the Prodigal Son). In this sermon, Washington National Cathedral Dean Samuel Lloyd III discusses the parable from Luke’s Gospel, and just what “salvation” might be, as explained in this parable by Jesus. Some people may consider salvation as something received once, through professing faith in Christ, and nothing else is required but faith alone. I am of the mindset that salvation is a continual process, and faith is only one aspect of that process.
Here is the Gospel reading from Luke 10: 25-37 (from the New Revised Standard Version), and a link to the sermon follows:
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “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.”
And here is Dean Lloyd’s sermon. I love this. Click here to watch.