There was a scholar of the law 11 who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Taken from www.usccb.org)
Here's the story via Breitbart;
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A strip club in Ohio has raised $1,000 for Haitian earthquake relief during what was billed as "Lap dances for Haiti."
Marilyn's on Monroe in Toledo donated the $10 cover charges collected Saturday to ISOH (I-S-O-H)/IMPACT, an organization based in suburban Perrysburg that provides food and clothing for Haiti.
Marilyn's general manager Kenny Soprano says his establishment had been looking for a reason to hold a charity fundraiser even before the quake, as a way to improve its image. He says you don't hear much about strip clubs giving back to the community.
ISOH/IMPACT CEO Linda Greene doesn't have a problem with where the money came from. She says her group appreciates any donations to help Haiti.
Well the tale of the Good Samaritan never spoke of him converting to Judaism or giving up what was viewed by the listeners of Christ as a sinful life. It only emphasized his greater compassion than those who refused to help, that compassion being more in line with Christ's teachings than the actions of the others.
So maybe theres some lap dancers in Heaven, who knows?
The wife and I recently rented "A Man For All Seasons" which tells the story of St. Thomas More and his refusal to approve the divorce of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn.
In one exchange the character of St. Thomas declares his refusal to judge the motivations and conscience of any other man, claiming it isn't for him to do but for God.
Not a bad sentiment when you think about it.
That might seem to be at odds with most of the posts here, but in a hamhanded way I'm trying to state we should never lose sight of the basic humanity all share. That would include a nature prone to sin and wrongdoing and a possibility of redemption for anyone. Anyone includes militant gays, rabid Islamists, quisling politicians, man hating feminazis, spineless appeasers of all persuasions and any other scum I've neglected to mention.
We're all capable of either damnation or salvation.
And a $10 cover charge? That sounds kind of steep, but honestly I really wouldn't know.
Monday, February 08, 2010