“Jesus showed us how to be a neighbor.”…  “Yes! You can change the world. Jesus showed how important it is for us to see ourselves, naked, on the side of that road. He showed us mercy and compassion through the actions of this unlikely caregiver and he told us all to go and do likewise.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law 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 read 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 all your 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 man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he 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.”

~Luke 10:25-37


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Callie S. Crowder is a first year Masters in Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Full time ministry is a second career pursuit as she is also a Certified Public Accountant and Business Manager with a career in accounting and finance that spans over twenty-five (25) years.  She is blessed to be the mother of two beautiful teenage sons, Omar Jr., age 17 and Messiah, age 15.  In her quiet time Callie enjoys writing, traveling and spending time with her family and their three-year old Cockapoo, Duncan. Callie contemplated the call to ministry on her life for over ten years until saying yes to the Lord in November 2014, at which time she begged for permission to partner with God full time to help, to heal, to share, to teach and to love in service to people around the world.  She is currently the summer intern at Mayfield Presbyterian Church.

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