“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.” Luke 10:35
On the occasion of World Health Day (7th April) I believe it’s suitable this quote of the parable of the good Samaritan. While on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho the assaulted and dying hapless was helped by a foreigner who wasn't influenced by any religious conduct as the levite and priest did. After the first aids, the Samaritan brought the wounded man to an inn and left him to the innkeeper, and to whom he gave two denarii. As the innkeeper, many have been in charge to look after some others haplesses such as children, adults or elderly, in a mission field or refugee camp. To them goes a personal appreciation and encouragement to carry on despite the difficulties. Then as the journeyer gave two denarii to reward and pay the innkeeper so we should sustain their work. The fact that the Samaritan gave two denarii it remembers us that the Lord always provides not the minimum but the double of what we need to honor the commission to “Look after him”. Let’s not look to what we have, but let’s do by faith believing that He will provide.
It’s said that Kierkegaard, radical and intransigent Christian, to whoever told him “you are really a christian” he replied “no, I’m a christian to be”. Nietzsche wrote “In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross.” Today it’s difficult to recognize a believer without seeing his “fruits”. To become again “christians to be” will help us first to sit at the feet of the Master in order to learn and then it will lead us to work testing what we’ve learned. For every tree is known by its own fruit.