The Parable of the Good woman named Samaria: The Bible in Atlanta


25: On one occasion an expert on the law, with three degrees in Hebrew bible stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26: “What is written in the law” he replied, “How do you interpret it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with your entire mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A hipster from East Cobb was walking down from five points to Castleberry Hill, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A Mega Church pastor from Roswell who went to the cohort at  Big Baptist Seminary in New Orleans was on his way to Inman Park, when he happened to be going down the same road in his new Lincoln suv and Hawaiian shirt. And when he saw the hipster, he drove away really fast on the other side. 32 So too, a practical-ministry-program graduate from rural Georgia with his fohawk and bow-tie happened down the street in his Honda accord, when he came to the place and saw the hipster, and drove passed by on the other side. 33 But a homeless transgendered mixed race Mormon woman named Samaria from Bankhead walked by in her pink pleather high heels and cheetah pants. She came near where the hipster was lying; and when she saw him, she took pity on him. 34 she went to him and bandaged his wounds with the first aid kit she carried in her big pink bag, pouring on his wounds Vodka and Neosporin. Then she put the man on her rolling pink luggage, and on the Marta bus, and brought him to Economy Lodge on Fulton Industrial and took care of him. 35 The next day she took out 200 bucks and gave them to the manager of the Economy Lodge. ‘Look after him,’ she said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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