BIN: “A Palestinian who offered assistance at the scene of a July 1 terrorist attack in Israel, in which a rabbi was killed, has been dismissed from his public service job in the Palestinian Authority.
“I saw two children inside screaming and asking me to help them. I put out my hand and for two minutes, I tried to open the door to get to the children who were suffocating in the car. I think that if they stayed there a little while longer, those children would have suffocated in the car. Out of the shock she felt, the young daughter spontaneously grabbed me and jumped onto me. I immediately put my hand on her head and spoke to her in Hebrew, of course. I told her, ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, I will help you. Don’t worry,’” he said.
I did what I did out of humanity. These are children. There were children inside. There were people inside. I didn’t hesitate at all.”
Opinion: In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan. A man was robbed, beaten and left for dead in a ditch. A priest and a Levite passed by but offered no assistance. But a Samaritan, an outcast to the Jews, stopped and gave assistance, even taking the man to an inn and paying for him as he recovered.
Jesus ends the parable asking which of the men was a neighbor to the injured man. The answer was, of course, the Samaritan. Jesus then said “Go and do likewise”, but we are not told what might happen to the Samaritan after returning to his hometown.
To understand the parable it is important to back up to Luke 10:25-29.
“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
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.
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Perhaps, Jesus is telling us that the Samaritan, like the Palestinian in this post who loved his neighbor, may find his reward but not in this life.